Masses : A final diagnosis or finding of a mass is generally designated as such because further workup is needed to define the morphology.
Meaning I cant tell you if it is a neoplasm let alone benign or malignant until a path report comes back
here is an Oncology link. It's just a 2 page exerpt of the full manual (have to buy) but addresses mass and lymphoma
A neoplasm is any new or abnormal growth in which cell multiplication is uncontrolled and progressive.
A mass or lesion is not necessarily a neoplasm. Do not assign a neoplasm code unless the diagnosis documented by the physician is indexed to a neoplasm code in ICD-9-CM. For a diagnosis of â€śmass,â€ť look in the Alphabetic Index under main term â€śmass.â€ť If there is no subterm listed for the site you are trying to code, follow the instructions in the subterm for â€śspecified organ NECâ€ť
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