ICD-9 Diagnosis Code V45.71

Acq absnce breast/nipple

Diagnosis Code V45.71

ICD-9: V45.71
Short Description: Acq absnce breast/nipple
Long Description: Acquired absence of breast and nipple
This is the 2014 version of the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code V45.71

Code Classification
  • Supplementary classification of factors influencing health status and contact with health services (E)
    • Persons with a condition influencing their health status (V40-V49)
      • V45 Other postsurgical states

Information for Medical Professionals

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  • History of bilateral mastectomy
  • History of left mastectomy
  • History of mastectomy
  • History of prophylactic mastectomy
  • History of right mastectomy

Index of Diseases and Injuries
References found for the code V45.71 in the Index of Diseases and Injuries:

    • Absence (organ or part) (complete or partial)
      • breast(s) (acquired) V45.71
        • congenital 757.6
      • nipple (congenital) 757.6
        • acquired V45.71

Information for Patients


A mastectomy is surgery to remove a breast or part of a breast. It is usually done to treat breast cancer. Types of breast surgery include

  • Total (simple) mastectomy - removal of breast tissue and nipple
  • Modified radical mastectomy - removal of the breast, most of the lymph nodes under the arm, and often the lining over the chest muscles
  • Lumpectomy - surgery to remove the tumor and a small amount of normal tissue around it

Which surgery you have depends on the stage of cancer, size of the tumor, size of the breast, and whether the lymph nodes are involved. Many women have breast reconstruction to rebuild the breast after a mastectomy.

Sometimes mastectomy is done to prevent breast cancer. Only high-risk patients have this type of surgery.

NIH: National Cancer Institute

  • Breast lump removal
  • Mastectomy
  • Mastectomy - discharge

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