Data Last Updated: May 31, 2024

Number of Positive Para-Aortic Nodes


**Note 1:** Physician statement of positive 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/lateral lumbar * Para-aortic, NOS * Periaortic **Note 3:** Record the number of positive para-aortic lymph nodes documented in the medical record. **Note 4:** For this data item, do not include isolated tumor cells (ITCs). **Note 5:** Micrometastasis and macrometastasis may be listed separately on the pathology report. Add these two together to get the total number of positive nodes. **Note 6:** Code X9 if no lymph nodes are removed. * If only a FNA or core biopsy is done and it is **positive,** then code X6 * If only a FNA or core biopsy is done and it is **negative,** then code X9 **Note 7:** The number of examined para-aortic nodes is recorded in 3899: Number of Examined Para-aortic Nodes.
Code Description
00 All para-aortic lymph nodes examined negative
01-99 1-99 para-aortic lymph nodes positive
(Exact number of nodes positive)
X1 100 or more para-aortic nodes positive
X2 Positive para-aortic nodes identified; number unknown
X6 Positive aspiration or core biopsy of para-aortic lymph node(s)
X8 Not applicable: Information not collected for this case
(If this item is required by your standard setter, use of code X8 will result in an edit error.)
X9 Not documented in medical record
Cannot be determined, indeterminate if positive para-aortic nodes present
No lymph nodes removed
Para-aortic lymph nodes not assessed or unknown if assessed