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Malignant Neoplasm of the Urethra B047

Last amended 
3 May 2016
Current RMA Instruments:
Reasonable Hypothesis SOP
49 of 2016
Balance of Probabilities SOP
50 of 2016
Changes from previous Instruments:

SOP Bulletin 190

ICD Coding:
  • ICD-9-CM Codes: 189.3
  • ICD-10-AM Codes: C68.0
Brief description

The urethra is the tube that connects the bladder to the exterior of the body.  Cancer of the urethra is a very rare condition.

Confirming the diagnosis

Histological evidence is required from a biopsy or excision specimen.

The relevant medical specialist is a urologist.

Additional diagnoses covered by SOP
  • Malignant neoplasm (carcinoma) of a urethral diverticula
  • Melanoma of the urethra
  • Squamous cell carcinoma of the urethra
  • Transitional cell carcinoma of the urethra
Conditions not covered by SOP
  • Malignant neoplasm of the ureter* - MN renal pelvis and ureter SOP
  • malignant neoplasm of the urethral orifice of the bladder* - MN bladder SOP
Clinical onset

Clinical onset will be at the time of diagnosis, or may be able to be backdated to when relevant urinary symptoms (particularly bleeding) or a perineal or penile lump were first noticed.

Clinical worsening

The only SOP worsening factor is for inability to obtain appropriate clinical management.