CEA (Carcinoembryonic Antigen) Pretreatment Interpretation
**Note 1:** Physician statement of CEA (Carcinoembryonic Antigen) Pretreatment Interpretation
can be used to code this data item when no other information is available.
**Note 2:** Record the interpretation of the highest CEA test result documented in the medical record **prior to treatment or polypectomy**.
**Note 3:** Code 3 when a CEA value was documented in the record, but there is no statement that the CEA is positive/elevated, negative/normal, and the normal range (from which you can determine interpretation), is not documented.
**Note 4:** The same laboratory test should be used to record information in CEA Pretreatment Lab Value [NAACCR Data Item #3820].