Lymph Nodes Assessment Method Para-aortic


**Note 1:** Physician statement of para-aortic assessment of nodal status for para-aortic nodes can be used to code this data item when no other information is available. **Note 2:** The following are para-aortic nodes * Aortic * Lateral aortic/lumbar aortic * Para-aortic, NOS * Periaortic **Note 3:** Assign the highest applicable code (0-2) in the case of multiple assessments. **Note 4:** For this data item, do not include isolated tumor cells (ITCs). **Note 5:** If there is no mention of para-aortic lymph node involvement in the workup, and the status data item: *LN Status: Para-aortic* does not indicate positive para-aortic nodes, code 0. **Note 6:** The assessment results are recorded in LN Status: Para-aortic[NAACCR Data Item #3958].




NAACCR #3872


Code Description
0 Radiography, imaging (Ultrasound (US), computed tomography scan (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography scan (PET)) Physical exam only
1 Incisional biopsy; fine needle aspiration (FNA)
2 Lymphadenectomy Sentinel node biopsy Excisional biopsy or resection with microscopic confirmation
7 Para-aortic lymph node(s) assessed, unknown assessment method
8 Not applicable: Information not collected for this case (If this item is required by your standard setter, use of code 8 will result in an edit error.)
9 Not documented in medical record Para-aortic lymph node(s) not assessed or unknown if assessed