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Pathology/Lab Coding Alert

Reader Question:
Report Final Diagnosis

Question: Our pathologist received a biopsy of a single pulmonary nodule from the patient’s right lower lung lobe. The final diagnosis is lung adenocarcinoma. What diagnosis code should we use?  Texas Subscriber Answer: You should use the final diagnosis in the pathology report. Based on the site and cancer diagnosis, you should report C34.31 (Malignant neoplasm of lower lobe, right bronchus or [...]