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Can you assign 162.9 malignant neoplasm of lung when it was not proven by a biopsy?
A patient could not tolerate the biopsy procedure and an xray shows a growing nodule in the patient's lung. The x-ray reports pleural effusion, atelectasis and a suspicious nodule.
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no you would have to post as uncertain behavior.
you cannot use uncertain behavior as that dx requires a path report that shows the pathologist has rendered a diagnosis of uncertain behavior. You can code for lung mass unless the physician states it is a tumor then you can code unspecified neoplasm.
 
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