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Source 1: Heme & Lymph Manual & DB
Primary site--Heme & Lymphoid Neoplasms: How is the primary site coded when a patient has a lymph node biopsy and peripheral blood that are positive for B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia/small lymphocytic lymphoma but refuses a bone marrow biopsy?
For cases diagnosed 2010 and forward, access the Hematopoietic Database at http://seer.cancer.gov/seertools/hemelymph.
Code the primary site to C421 [bone marrow] per Rule PH5. Note 1 for Rule PH5 states CLL always has peripheral blood involvement. If the peripheral blood is positive for CLL/SLL and no bone marrow biopsy is done, code the primary site to C421 [bone marrow].
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You are correct to code primary site to C421.
Per note 1 in Rule PH5, CLL always has peripheral blood involvement. So, if you have peripheral blood positive for CLL/SLL and no bone marrow biopsy, that is enough to assign primary site C421.