Malignant neoplasms of mesothelial and soft tissue
2020 ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code C46
2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
- C46 should not be used for reimbursement purposes as there are multiple codes below it that contain a greater level of detail.
- The 2020 edition of ICD-10-CM C46 became effective on October 1, 2019.
- This is the American ICD-10-CM version of C46 - other international versions of ICD-10 C46 may differ.
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that may be applicable to C46
- A cancer that causes patches of abnormal tissue to grow under the skin,
- A malignant neoplasm characterized by a vascular proliferation which usually contains blunt endothelial cells. Erythrocyte extravasation and hemosiderin deposition are frequently present. The most frequent site of involvement is the skin; however it may also occur internally. It generally develops in people with compromised immune systems including those with acquired immune deficiency syndrome (aids).
- A multicentric, malignant neoplastic vascular proliferation characterized by the development of bluish-red cutaneous nodules, usually on the lower extremities, most often on the toes or feet, and slowly increasing in size and number and spreading to more proximal areas. The tumors have endothelium-lined channels and vascular spaces admixed with variably sized aggregates of spindle-shaped cells, and often remain confined to the skin and subcutaneous tissue, but widespread visceral involvement may occur. Kaposi's sarcoma occurs spontaneously in jewish and italian males in europe and the United States. An aggressive variant in young children is endemic in some areas of africa. A third form occurs in about 0.04% of kidney transplant patients. There is also a high incidence in aids patients. (from Dorland, 27th ed & holland et al., cancer medicine, 3d ed, pp2105-7) hhv-8 is the suspected cause.
- A type of cancer characterized by the abnormal growth of blood vessels that develop into skin lesions or occur internally.
- Kaposi's sarcoma is a cancer that causes patches of abnormal tissue to grow under the skin, in the lining of the mouth, nose, and throat or in other organs. The patches are usually red or purple and are made of cancer cells and blood cells. The red and purple patches often cause no symptoms, though they may be painful. If the cancer spreads to the digestive tract or lungs, bleeding can result. Lung tumors can make breathing hard.before the hiv/aids epidemic, ks usually developed slowly. In hiv/aids patients, though, the disease moves quickly. Treatment depends on where the lesions are and how bad they are. Treatment for hiv itself can shrink the lesions. However, treating ks does not improve survival from hiv/aids itself. nih: national cancer institute
- Multicentric, malignant neoplastic vascular proliferation characterized by the development of bluish-red cutaneous nodules, usually on the lower extremities, most often on the toes or feet, and slowly increasing in size and number and spreading to more proximal areas; occurs spontaneously in jewish and italian males; aggressive variant in young children is endemic in some areas of africa; a third form occurs in about 0.04% of kidney transplant patients; there is also a high incidence in aids patients; human herpesvirus 8 is the suspected cause.
- 2016 (effective 10/1/2015): New code (first year of non-draft ICD-10-CM)
- 2017 (effective 10/1/2016): No change
- 2018 (effective 10/1/2017): No change
- 2019 (effective 10/1/2018): No change
- 2020 (effective 10/1/2019): No change
Code annotations containing back-references to C46:
ICD-10-CM Codes Adjacent To C46
Unspecified malignant neoplasm of skin, unspecified
Basal cell carcinoma of skin, unspecified
Squamous cell carcinoma of skin, unspecified
Other specified malignant neoplasm of skin, unspecified
Mesothelioma of pleura
Mesothelioma of peritoneum
Mesothelioma of pericardium
Mesothelioma of other sites
Kaposi's sarcoma of skin
Kaposi's sarcoma of soft tissue
Kaposi's sarcoma of palate
Kaposi's sarcoma of lymph nodes
Kaposi's sarcoma of gastrointestinal sites
Kaposi's sarcoma of lung
Kaposi's sarcoma of unspecified lung
Kaposi's sarcoma of right lung
Kaposi's sarcoma of left lung
Kaposi's sarcoma of other sites
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