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Source 1: Heme & Lymph Manual & DB
Grade--Heme & Lymphoid Neoplasms: Should Grade be coded to 5 [T-cell] or 9 [cell type not determined, not stated, not applicable] for anaplastic large cell lymphoma, NOS [9714/3]? See Discussion.
Under the Grade section in the Heme DB for anaplastic large cell lymphoma, NOS it indicates the following:
“Grade - Code grade specified by pathologist. If no grade specified, code 9.”
There is no reference in the Grade section that we should look at the Abstractor Notes or a specific Module in the Heme DB for additional information. However, in the Abstractor Notes section it states, “Grade is T-cell (5) unless pathologist specifically designates as a B-cell (see G2 rule).” These two statements are conflicting. Which is the correct grade?
Assign code 5 [T-cell] for anaplastic large cell lymphoma [9714/3] unless the pathologist specifies that the histology is a B-cell disease process. See Grade rule G2, Note 2.
In the Heme DB, there is a default value in the Grade field for histologies that do not have a grade specified. However, this particular histology does not default to code 9. There was an error in the Grade section of the 2010 and 2012 versions of Heme DB that has now been corrected in the latest release.