C78.2: Secondary malignant neoplasm of pleura
You have metastases in the membrane around your lungs.
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.
In your case, the cancer cells have spread throughout the body and further increased elsewhere on the body. These are called metastases. You have metastases in the membrane around your lungs.
The lungs are surrounded by a smooth membrane. A smooth membrane like this is also located inside the ribs. Both membranes cling to each other via a small amount of fluid. Through the suction of the fluid between the membranes, the lungs follow the movements of the chest while breathing. The lungs then alternately expand and contract. Air for breathing flows into the lungs and out again during these movements.
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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