The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has issued full guidance to the NHS in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland on Percutaneous radiofrequency ablation for primary or secondary lung cancers.

It replaces the previous guidance on Percutaneous radiofrequency ablation for primary or secondary lung cancers  (Interventional Procedures Guidance no. 185 July 2006).  

  • Description

    Percutaneous radiofrequency ablation of cancer in the lung involves inserting one or more electrodes (needle-like probes) through the chest into the lung. The electrodes are placed within the tumour and connected to a source of electrical current, producing heat with the aim of destroying (‘ablating’) the cancer cells.

  • OPCS4.6 Code(s)

    E59.5 Percutaneous radiofrequency ablation of lesion of lung

    Y53.- Approach to organ under image control

    Note: Codes within category Y53.- are used as secondary codes to classify interventions that are percutaneous and require some form of image control: if the method of image control is unspecified, Y53.9 Unspecified approach to organ under image control is assigned.

    In addition, an ICD-10 code from category C34.- Malignant neoplasm of bronchus and lung or C78.0 Secondary malignant neoplasm of lung would be recorded.

    The NHS Classifications Service of NHS Connecting for Health is the central definitive source for clinical coding guidance and determines the coding standards associated with the classifications (OPCS-4 and ICD-10) to be used across the NHS. The NHS Classifications Service and NICE work collaboratively to ensure the most appropriate classification codes are provided.

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