Data Last Updated: Aug. 24, 2021

CEA (Carcinoembryonic Antigen) Pretreatment Interpretation

Notes

**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].
Code Description
0 CEA negative/normal; within normal limits
1 CEA positive/elevated
2 Borderline
3 Undetermined if positive or negative (normal values not available)
AND no MD interpretation
7 Test ordered, results not in chart
8 Not applicable: Information not collected for this case
(If this data item is required by your standard setter, use of code 8 will result in an edit error.)
9 Not documented in medical record
CEA (Carcinoembryonic Antigen) Pretreatment Interpretation not assessed or unknown if assessed