AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-9 - 2009 Issue 4; VOLUMES 1 & 2 NEW/REVISED CODES

Neoplasms of Unspecified Nature, Retina and Choroid

Effective October 1, 2009, a new code has been created at category 239, Neoplasms of unspecified nature, to identify a dark area or spot within the retina. These dark areas are correctly referred to as neoplasms or "suspected melanoma" and must continually be evaluated. However, since a biopsy of the retina is difficult and poses a risk to the eye, and is done only after such an area or spot grows, there is generally no tissue sample to confirm the diagnosis. Code 239.81, Neoplasms of unspecified nature, retina and choroid, is being created to allow for the identification...

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