Billable Medical Code for Malignant Neoplasm of Dorsal Surface of Tongue
Diagnosis Code for Reimbursement Claim: ICD-9-CM 141.1
Code will be replaced by October 2015 and relabeled as ICD-10-CM 141.1.
The Short Description Is: Mal neo dorsal tongue.
Tongue cancer is also known as cancer of the tongue dorsal surface, carcinoma of anterior two-thirds of tongue – dorsal surface, carcinoma of midline of tongue, malignant neoplasm of midline of tongue, malignant tumor of anterior two-thirds of tongue – dorsal surface, primary malignant neoplasm of dorsal surface of tongue, and tongue cancer dorsal surface. This excludes dorsal surface of base of tongue (141.0). This applies to anterior two-thirds of tongue dorsal surface, dorsal tongue NOS, and midline of tongue.
Tongue Cancer Definition and Symptoms
Tongue cancer is a type of oral cancer affecting various parts of the tongue. The most common section of the tongue that is affected by tongue cancer is the anterior portion of the tongue. The prognosis for tongue cancer is typically good. Symptoms include persistent tongue pain, a white or red patch on the gums, tongue, or tonsils, a sore throat that will not go away, difficulty with moving the tongue or jaw, and difficulty swallowing.