C43.2: Malignant melanoma of ear and external auricular canal
You have melanoma (skin cancer) of the ear.
The tissue in the body is made up of cells. With cancer, the cells multiply uncontrollably, which leads to a malignant neoplasm (abnormal growth of tissue) developing. The cancer cells can destroy the healthy tissue and spread throughout the body.
The melanin-producing cells in your ear have multiplied uncontrollably. These cells produce a dark pigment (melanin). This pigment is to protect the body from sunlight. If a lot of sunlight gets on your skin, then these skin cells produce more pigment. This makes the skin brown. If these melanin-producing cells multiply uncontrollably, then a dark spot can be seen on the skin.
On medical documents, the ICD code is often appended by letters that indicate the diagnostic certainty or the affected side of the body.
- G: Confirmed diagnosis
- V: Tentative diagnosis
- Z: Condition after
- A: Excluded diagnosis
- L: Left
- R: Right
- B: Both sides
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