What Is The ICD9 Code For Lung Tumor?


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The American Hospital Association (AHA) coding clinic for ICD9 is classified to code 162.x. As the lung is made up of differing branches the fourth digit (x) is a subcategory identifying the specific site of the cancer for example;  162.0 is the trachea 162.2, main bronchus 162.3, upper lobe, bronchus or lung, 162.4, middle lobe, bronchus or lung 162.5, lower lobe, bronchus or lung. 162.8 is other parts of the lung, which will include malignant neoplasm where the bronchus and lung overlap so the origin cannot be determined, 162.9 is where the bronchus or the lung is unspecified.

Lung cancer is a malignant growth in the lung of any type; it occurs when the cells in the lungs start to grow at a progressive speed and quite uncontrollably.  There are four main types of lung cancer, which are indomitable by the appearance of the cancerous cells within the lung:

Small cell lung cancer (SCLC) - this can also be known as oat cell cancer and is the most likely to metastasized. Metastasized means that the disease has spread from one organ to another organ, which is not adjacent, the disease becomes displaced.

Squamous cell carcinoma, also known as epidermoid carcinoma, usually presents as an ulcerated lesion with hard edges that are raised.

Adenocarcinoma, this usually has spread to the other organs of the body and to the lymph nodes.

The fourth type is the Large Carcinoma, and this is a heading for any cells that are not diagnosed as SCLC, adenocarcinoma or squamous.

Some symptoms to look for are shortness of breath, a cough that refuses to go, pain in the back or shoulders with a deep inhalation, hoarseness, chest pain and tiredness. Treatment of the cancer will depend on the size, location and health of the patient. Surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy can be used either in combination with each other or alone.

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