Malignant Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that is very rare and affects the lung linings, the heart, the abdomen, as well as all the body’s major organs. It is a disease that is discovered when malignant cancer cells are discovered in either the pleura, the sac that lines the chest, or the abdomen. Many people are diagnosed with Mesothelioma every year, about three thousand new cases in the United States annually. Anyone who is experiencing symptoms that indicate they may have Mesothelioma should go see their doctor as soon as possible. Symptoms of Mesothelioma include shortness of breath, fluid in the surrounding area of the lungs, fever, cough, excessive sweating, fatigue, sudden weight loss, difficulty swallowing, swelling of your face or anus, hoarseness, nausea, vomiting, tissue, lumps under the chest tissue, swelling of the arms, and more.
Some people develop Mesothelioma through exposure to asbestos in the work place. It is a deadly disease and anyone experiencing symptoms that possibly indicate that they have Mesothelioma should be taken extremely serious. Do not wait to get your symptoms checked out. The average time that people survive once their case is diagnosed as malignant is 4 to 18 months.
The Mesothelioma ICD 9 code is a code that doctors issue to their patients. The codes were created by the World Health Organization and allows any health condition to actually be listed and classified according to a code that is made up of six digits. These codes are part of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems and make up a list in which diseases are classified and listed according to their causes as well as signs and symptoms. The I.C.D. is currently in its tenth edition with an eleventh on the way. The codes were started originally as the International List of Causes of Death, in the 1850s. The W.H.O. took over the code and published a sixth edition. The purpose of a coding system that works internationally is that it can allow for population groups’ health to be analyzed, makes storing as well as retrieving medical information easy and universal(no language translation needed), and statistics to be inferred.
So now that you know what the codes do, what is the Mesothelioma ICD 9 code? It is a code designated to patients and classifies the diagnosis as “Malignant Mesothelioma”. Pleural Mesothelioma is classified under ICD-0 code 163 and ICD-9 code 158 means that there is a malignant tumor located in the peritoneum. Doctors refer to the ICD-9 coding when they are relaying an official diagnosis to patients or recording technical reports.
Getting diagnosed with malignant Mesothelioma can be scary for many people. If you are diagnosed with the Mesothelioma ICD 9 code, do not worry because you are not alone. While Mesothelioma has taken many lives, it is still treatable and ultimately those who are diagnosed with this condition can still maintain a quality of life. To learn more about this diagnosis, talk to your doctor and again, consult your primary care provider if you believe that you are experiencing any of the symptoms of Mesothelioma.