ICD-10-CM Code C15.5
Malignant neoplasm of lower third of esophagus
Billable CodeBillable codes are sufficient justification for admission to an acute care hospital when used a principal diagnosis.
C15.5 is a billable ICD code used to specify a diagnosis of malignant neoplasm of lower third of esophagus. A 'billable code' is detailed enough to be used to specify a medical diagnosis.
The ICD code C15 is used to code Gastrointestinal cancer
Gastrointestinal cancer refers to malignant conditions of the gastrointestinal tract (GI tract) and accessory organs of digestion, including the esophagus, stomach, biliary system, pancreas, small intestine, large intestine, rectum and anus. The symptoms relate to the organ affected and can include obstruction (leading to difficulty swallowing or defecating), abnormal bleeding or other associated problems. The diagnosis often requires endoscopy, followed by biopsy of suspicious tissue. The treatment depends on the location of the tumor, as well as the type of cancer cell and whether it has invaded other tissues or spread elsewhere. These factors also determine the prognosis.
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Coding Notes for C15.5 Info for medical coders on how to properly use this ICD-10 code
Code Type-1 Excludes:
Type-1 ExcludesType-1 Excludes mean the conditions excluded are mutually exclusive and should never be coded together. Excludes 1 means "do not code here."
- Malignant neoplasm of cardio-esophageal junction - instead, use code C16.0
- DRG Group #374-376 - Digestive malignancy with MCC.
- DRG Group #374-376 - Digestive malignancy with CC.
- DRG Group #374-376 - Digestive malignancy without CC or MCC.
Coding Advice SNOMET-CT
- Possible requirement for morphology code
- Consider additional code to identify specific condition or disease
ICD-10-CM Neoplasms Index References for 'C15.5 - Malignant neoplasm of lower third of esophagus'
The ICD-10-CM Neoplasms Index links the below-listed medical terms to the ICD code C15.5. Click on any term below to browse the neoplasms index.
Equivalent ICD-9 Codes GENERAL EQUIVALENCE MAPPINGS (GEM)
This is the official approximate match mapping between ICD9 and ICD10, as provided by the General Equivalency mapping crosswalk. This means that while there is no exact mapping between this ICD10 code C15.5 and a single ICD9 code, 150.5 is an approximate match for comparison and conversion purposes.