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Biopsy Alone Confirms Diagnosis of Malignant Bladder Tumor

Question: Our oncologist treated a patient for suspected bladder cancer. The diagnosis documented was ‘adherent, stone like structure with calcification affixed to the right lateral bladder wall, measuring 1-2mm.’ The biopsy report is still awaited. Which ICD-10-CM code can we report this diagnosis? Arizona Subscriber Answer: You can use diagnosis code D49.4 (Neoplasm of unspecified behavior of bladder). This is because your provider [...]