Specific code 2012 ICD-9-CM Diagnosis Code 173.20
Unspecified malignant neoplasm of skin of ear and external auditory canal
  • Short description: Malig neo skin ear NOS.
  • ICD-9-CM 173.20 will be replaced by an equivalent ICD-10-CM code (or codes) when the United States transitions from ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM on October 1, 2015.
  • ICD-9-CM 173.20 is a billable medical code that can be used to specify a diagnosis on a reimbursement claim.
  • You are viewing the 2012 version of ICD-9-CM 173.20.
  • More recent version(s) of ICD-9-CM 173.20: 2013 2014.
Disease Synonyms
  • Cancer of the skin, ear
  • Cancer, skin of left ear
  • Cancer, skin of right ear
  • Primary malignant neoplasm of skin of ear
  • Primary malignant neoplasm of skin of left ear
  • Primary malignant neoplasm of skin of right ear
  • Skin cancer, ear
  • Skin cancer, L ear
  • Skin cancer, R ear
Convert to ICD-10-CM: 173.20 converts approximately to:
  • 2014 ICD-10-CM C44.201 Unspecified malignant neoplasm of skin of unspecified ear and external auricular canal
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