ICD-10 Diagnosis Code C72.0

Malignant neoplasm of spinal cord

Diagnosis Code C72.0

ICD-10: C72.0
Short Description: Malignant neoplasm of spinal cord
Long Description: Malignant neoplasm of spinal cord
This is the 2018 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code C72.0

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Code Classification
  • Neoplasms (C00–D48)
    • Malignant neoplasms of eye, brain and other parts of central nervous system (C69-C72)
      • Malig neoplm of spinal cord, cranial nerves and oth prt cnsl (C72)

Information for Medical Professionals

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  • Anaplastic astrocytoma of central nervous system
  • Anaplastic astrocytoma of spinal cord
  • Astrocytoma of spinal cord
  • Ependymoma
  • Ependymoma of spinal cord
  • Glial tumor of spinal cord
  • Glioblastoma multiforme
  • Glioblastoma multiforme of central nervous system
  • Glioblastoma multiforme of spinal cord
  • Glioma of spinal cord
  • Malignant epithelial neoplasm of spinal cord
  • Malignant glioma of central nervous system
  • Malignant glioma of spinal cord
  • Malignant neoplasm of spinal meninges
  • Malignant tumor of spinal cord
  • Malignant tumor of spinal cord, extramedullary
  • Malignant tumor of spinal cord, intramedullary
  • Mixed glial tumor of spinal cord
  • Neuronal and mixed neuronal - glial tumor of spinal cord
  • Oligodendroglioma
  • Oligodendroglioma of spinal cord
  • Primary extramedullary malignant tumor of spinal cord
  • Primary malignant astrocytoma of central nervous system
  • Primary malignant neoplasm of extradural spinal cord
  • Primary malignant neoplasm of meninges
  • Primary malignant neoplasm of spinal cord
  • Primary malignant neoplasm of spinal meninges

Table of Neoplasms

The code C72.0 is included in the table of neoplasms by anatomical site. For each site there are six possible code numbers according to whether the neoplasm in question is malignant, benign, in situ, of uncertain behavior, or of unspecified nature. The description of the neoplasm will often indicate which of the six columns is appropriate.

Where such descriptors are not present, the remainder of the Index should be consulted where guidance is given to the appropriate column for each morphological (histological) variety listed. However, the guidance in the Index can be overridden if one of the descriptors mentioned above is present.

The Tabular must be reviewed for the complete diagnosis code.

Neoplasm, neoplastic Malignant
CaInSitu Benign Uncertain
»conus medullaris
»cord (true) (vocal)
  »spinal (cervical) (lumbar) (thoracic)
»filum terminale
»motor tract
»spine, spinal (column)
  »cord (cervical) (lumbar) (sacral) (thoracic)

Information for Patients


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Spinal Cord Diseases

Your spinal cord is a bundle of nerves that runs down the middle of your back. It carries signals back and forth between your body and your brain. It is protected by your vertebrae, which are the bone disks that make up your spine. If you have an accident that damages the vertebrae or other parts of the spine, this can also injure the spinal cord. Other spinal cord problems include

  • Tumors
  • Infections such as meningitis and polio
  • Inflammatory diseases
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Degenerative diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and spinal muscular atrophy

Symptoms vary but might include pain, numbness, loss of sensation and muscle weakness. These symptoms can occur around the spinal cord, and also in other areas such as your arms and legs. Treatments often include medicines and surgery.

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