LN Status: Para-aortic


**Note 1:** Physician statement of para-aortic status 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:** If there is no mention of para-aortic lymph node involvement in the area being imaged, biopsied, or in the surgical field and there is no mention of involvement, then assume that the para-aortic lymph nodes are negative. **Note 4:** For this data item, do not include isolated tumor cells (ITCs). **Note 5:** Code 9 when there is no imaging, biopsy, surgical workup, or a physical exam only. **Note 6:** The assessment method is recorded in 3872: LN Assessment Method Para-aortic.




NAACCR #3958


LN Status: Para-aortic Description
0 Negative para-aortic lymph nodes Non-invasive neoplasm (behavior /2)
1 Positive para-aortic lymph nodes
8 Not applicable: Information not collected for this case (If this information is required by your standard setter, use of code 8 may result in an edit error.)
9 Not documented in medical record Para-aortic lymph node(s) not assessed or unknown if assessed