AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS - 2016 Issue 4; ICD-10-CM NEW/REVISED CODES

Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor

New codes have been created to specifically identify gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs). GISTs are the most common soft tissue sarcoma of mesenchymal origin. These tumors are thought to originate from specialized cells (interstitial cells of Cajal, or precursors of them). Although GISTs can start anywhere along the GI tract, more than half start in the stomach and most of the others start in the small intestine. GISTs are not the same as other more common types of GI tract cancers. GISTs start in different types of cells, require other types of treatment, and have a dissimilar prognosis. GISTs are...

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