Billable Medical Code for Neoplasm of Unspecified Nature of Brain
Diagnosis Code for Reimbursement Claim: ICD-9-CM 239.6
Code will be replaced by October 2015 and relabeled as ICD-10-CM 239.6.
The Short Description Is: Brain neoplasm NOS.
Brain tumor is also known as dysembryoplastic neuroepithelial tumor, germ cell neoplasm brain, germ cell tumor of the brain, neoplasm of brain, neoplasm of brain germ cell, neoplasm brain, and neoplasm dysembryoplastic neuroepithelial (DNET). This excludes cerebral meninges (239.7) and cranial nerves (239.7).
Brain Tumor Definition and Symptoms
Brain tumors are a mass or growth of abnormal cells in or on the brain. Some brain tumors are malignant and some are benign and can begin in the brain or a different part of the body and then spread to the brain. Symptoms include frequent headaches that gradually get worse, nausea, vision problems (blurred vision, double vision, loss of peripheral vision), difficulty with balance, seizures, hearing problems, speech difficulty, confusion in everyday matters, and behavioral changes.