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Malignant Neoplasm of the Lung B004
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Current RMA Instruments
|Reasonable Hypothesis SOP||92 of 2014 as amended|
|Balance of Probabilities SOP||93 of 2014 as amended|
Changes from previous Instruments
ICD-10-AM Codes: C33, C34
This is a primary malignant neoplasm of the lung. That is the neoplasm has originated in the lung or trachea (primary) and has not migrated from another primary site (secondary or metastasis). The lung tissue includes the alveoli, bronchioles, bronchi, and trachea, but not the pleura.
Confirming the diagnosis
The diagnosis requires histology. This usually involves obtaining tissue from a biopsy of the lung. A diagnosis based on cytology can be used if biopsy and histopathology are not readily obtainable.
The appropriate medical specialist is a respiratory physician, thoracic surgeon or oncologist.
Additional diagnoses covered by these SOPs
- adenocarcinoma of the lung
- carcinosarcoma of the lung
- large cell carcinoma of the lung
- large cell neuroendocrine carcinoma of the lung
- non-small cell carcinoma of the lung
- oat cell carcinoma of the lung
- primary melanoma of the lung
- small cell carcinoma of the lung
- small cell lung cancer
- squamous cell carcinoma of the lung
- undifferentiated carcinoma of the lung
Conditions not covered by these SOPs
- carcinoid tumour of lung (typical and atypical)#
- Hodgkin lymphoma* of the lung
- non-Hodgkin lymphoma* of the lung
- secondary/metastatic cancer involving the lung (code to primary cancer site)
- soft tissue sarcoma* of the lung
* another SOP applies - the SOP has the same name unless otherwise specified
# non-SOP condition
The condition may be dected incidentally on radiological imaging. Typical presenting symptoms are cough, haemoptosis (coughing blood), dyspnoea (shortness of breath) or chest pain. Patients presenting with clinical features typically have advanced disease. However, the above symptoms may all be features of other diseases. Once the diagnosis has been confirmed it may be possible to back date onset to an earlier time based on the clinical picture.
The only SOP worsening factor is for inability to obtain appropriate clinical management. Appropriate management of the disease varies considerably with the type and stage of the disease and other factors. A delay in obtaining treatment could lead to a worsening of the prognosis.