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
* Lateral aortic/lumbar aortic
* Para-aortic, NOS
**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.