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    Question How to code Spitz tumor?

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    I'm trying to clarify if a Spitz tumor is coded as benign and malignant. There seems to be some difference of opinion in the medical classification of this type of tumor.
    Thanks! Sharon

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    Default Benign tumor of spindle and epithelioid cells

    I had to look this one up, but what I am finding is that a Spitz Tumor is a Benign tumor of spindle and epithelioid cells. Any tumor can become malignant, but then I believe that you would code it as the malignant tumor and no longer as the Spitz Tumor which is benign.

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