Q&A: Collaborative Staging

Jan. 30, 2015

Q: The pathology report for a colon resection reports the circumferential resection margin is 2 mm. What is the correct code for Colon CS SSF 6 (CRM)?

A: Code 020 not 002. Refer to Colon CS SSF6 Note 4 and round to the nearest tenth in millimeters the distance between the leading edge of the tumor and the nearest edge of surgically dissected margin as recorded in the pathology report.