ICD-9 Code 170.9

Malignant neoplasm of bone and articular cartilage, site unspecified

Not Valid for Submission

170.9 is a legacy non-billable code used to specify a medical diagnosis of malignant neoplasm of bone and articular cartilage, site unspecified. This code was replaced on September 30, 2015 by its ICD-10 equivalent.

ICD-9: 170.9
Short Description:Malig neopl bone NOS
Long Description:Malignant neoplasm of bone and articular cartilage, site unspecified

Convert 170.9 to ICD-10

The following crosswalk between ICD-9 to ICD-10 is based based on the General Equivalence Mappings (GEMS) information:

  • C41.9 - Malignant neoplasm of bone and articular cartilage, unsp

Code Classification

  • Neoplasms (140–239)
    • Malignant neoplasm of bone, connective tissue, skin, and breast (170-176)
      • 170 Malignant neoplasm of bone and articular cartilage

Information for Medical Professionals

Synonyms

  • Adamantinoma of long bone
  • Carcinoma of bone, connective tissue, skin and breast
  • Chondrosarcoma
  • Chondrosarcoma of bone
  • Diaphyseal medullary stenosis with bone malignancy
  • Ewing's sarcoma of bone
  • Extraskeletal osteosarcoma
  • Large cell Ewing sarcoma of bone
  • Local recurrence of malignant tumor of bone
  • Malignant neoplasm of bone
  • Malignant neoplasm of bone, connective tissue, skin and breast
  • Malignant neoplasm of skeletal system
  • Metastasis from malignant tumor of bone
  • Osteitis deformans in neoplastic disease
  • Osteosarcoma of bone
  • Overlapping malignant neoplasm of bone and articular cartilage
  • Overlapping malignant neoplasm of bone and articular cartilage of limbs
  • Primary malignant neoplasm of articular cartilage
  • Primary malignant neoplasm of bone
  • Primitive neuroectodermal tumor/Ewing's sarcoma TNM finding
  • pT1: Tumor 5 cm or less in greatest dimension
  • pT1: Tumor 8 cm or less in greatest dimension
  • pT1a: Tumor 5 cm or less in greatest dimension, superficial tumor
  • pT1b: Tumor 5 cm or less in greatest dimension, deep tumor
  • pT2: Tumor more than 5 cm in greatest dimension
  • pT2: Tumor more than 8 cm in greatest dimension
  • pT2a: Tumor more than 5 cm in greatest dimension, superficial tumor
  • pT2b: Tumor more than 5 cm in greatest dimension, deep tumor
  • pT3: Discontinuous tumors in the primary bone site
  • Sarcoma of bone

Index to Diseases and Injuries

References found for the code 170.9 in the Index of Diseases and Injuries:


Information for Patients


Bone Cancer

Cancer that starts in a bone is uncommon. Cancer that has spread to the bone from another part of the body is more common.

There are three types of bone cancer:

  • Osteosarcoma - occurs most often between ages 10 and 19. It is more common in the knee and upper arm.
  • Chondrosarcoma - starts in cartilage, usually after age 40
  • Ewing's sarcoma - occurs most often in children and teens under 19. It is more common in boys than girls.

The most common symptom of bone cancer is pain. Other symptoms vary, depending on the location and size of the cancer. Surgery is often the main treatment for bone cancer. Other treatments may include amputation, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. Because bone cancer can come back after treatment, regular follow-up visits are important.

NIH: National Cancer Institute

  • After chemotherapy - discharge
  • Bone lesion biopsy
  • Bone tumor
  • Ewing sarcoma
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Understanding Chemotherapy - NIH - Easy-to-Read (National Cancer Institute)
  • What to Know about External Beam Radiation Therapy - NIH - Easy-to-Read (National Cancer Institute)

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ICD-9 Footnotes

General Equivalence Map Definitions
The ICD-9 and ICD-10 GEMs are used to facilitate linking between the diagnosis codes in ICD-9-CM and the new ICD-10-CM code set. The GEMs are the raw material from which providers, health information vendors and payers can derive specific applied mappings to meet their needs.

  • Approximate Flag - The approximate flag is on, indicating that the relationship between the code in the source system and the code in the target system is an approximate equivalent.
  • No Map Flag - The no map flag indicates that a code in the source system is not linked to any code in the target system.
  • Combination Flag - The combination flag indicates that more than one code in the target system is required to satisfy the full equivalent meaning of a code in the source system.

Index of Diseases and Injuries Definitions

  • And - The word "and" should be interpreted to mean either "and" or "or" when it appears in a title.
  • Code also note - A "code also" note instructs that two codes may be required to fully describe a condition, but this note does not provide sequencing direction.
  • Code first - Certain conditions have both an underlying etiology and multiple body system manifestations due to the underlying etiology. For such conditions, the ICD-10-CM has a coding convention that requires the underlying condition be sequenced first followed by the manifestation. Wherever such a combination exists, there is a "use additional code" note at the etiology code, and a "code first" note at the manifestation code. These instructional notes indicate the proper sequencing order of the codes, etiology followed by manifestation.
  • Type 1 Excludes Notes - A type 1 Excludes note is a pure excludes note. It means "NOT CODED HERE!" An Excludes1 note indicates that the code excluded should never be used at the same time as the code above the Excludes1 note. An Excludes1 is used when two conditions cannot occur together, such as a congenital form versus an acquired form of the same condition.
  • Type 2 Excludes Notes - A type 2 Excludes note represents "Not included here". An excludes2 note indicates that the condition excluded is not part of the condition represented by the code, but a patient may have both conditions at the same time. When an Excludes2 note appears under a code, it is acceptable to use both the code and the excluded code together, when appropriate.
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  • Inclusion terms - List of terms is included under some codes. These terms are the conditions for which that code is to be used. The terms may be synonyms of the code title, or, in the case of "other specified" codes, the terms are a list of the various conditions assigned to that code. The inclusion terms are not necessarily exhaustive. Additional terms found only in the Alphabetic Index may also be assigned to a code.
  • NEC "Not elsewhere classifiable" - This abbreviation in the Alphabetic Index represents "other specified". When a specific code is not available for a condition, the Alphabetic Index directs the coder to the "other specified” code in the Tabular List.
  • NOS "Not otherwise specified" - This abbreviation is the equivalent of unspecified.
  • See - The "see" instruction following a main term in the Alphabetic Index indicates that another term should be referenced. It is necessary to go to the main term referenced with the "see" note to locate the correct code.
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  • 7th Characters - Certain ICD-10-CM categories have applicable 7th characters. The applicable 7th character is required for all codes within the category, or as the notes in the Tabular List instruct. The 7th character must always be the 7th character in the data field. If a code that requires a 7th character is not 6 characters, a placeholder X must be used to fill in the empty characters.
  • With - The word "with" should be interpreted to mean "associated with" or "due to" when it appears in a code title, the Alphabetic Index, or an instructional note in the Tabular List. The word "with" in the Alphabetic Index is sequenced immediately following the main term, not in alphabetical order.