ICD-10 Diagnosis Code L10.81

Paraneoplastic pemphigus

Diagnosis Code L10.81

ICD-10: L10.81
Short Description: Paraneoplastic pemphigus
Long Description: Paraneoplastic pemphigus
This is the 2017 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code L10.81

Code Classification
  • Diseases of the skin and subcutaneous tissue
    • Bullous disorders (L10-L14)
      • Pemphigus (L10)

Information for Patients


Also called: Carcinoma, Malignancy, Neoplasms, Tumor

Cancer begins in your cells, which are the building blocks of your body. Normally, your body forms new cells as you need them, replacing old cells that die. Sometimes this process goes wrong. New cells grow even when you don't need them, and old cells don't die when they should. These extra cells can form a mass called a tumor. Tumors can be benign or malignant. Benign tumors aren't cancer while malignant ones are. Cells from malignant tumors can invade nearby tissues. They can also break away and spread to other parts of the body.

Cancer is not just one disease but many diseases. There are more than 100 different types of cancer. Most cancers are named for where they start. For example, lung cancer starts in the lung, and breast cancer starts in the breast. The spread of cancer from one part of the body to another is called metastasis. Symptoms and treatment depend on the cancer type and how advanced it is. Most treatment plans may include surgery, radiation and/or chemotherapy. Some may involve hormone therapy, biologic therapy, or stem cell transplantation.

NIH: National Cancer Institute

  • Cancer
  • Cancer and lymph nodes
  • Cancer prevention: take charge of your lifestyle
  • Cancer treatment -- early menopause
  • Cancer treatment: preventing infection
  • Cancer treatments
  • Hyperthermia for treating cancer
  • Laser therapy for cancer
  • Photodynamic therapy for cancer
  • Targeted therapies for cancer

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Pemphigus is an autoimmune disorder. If you have it, your immune system attacks healthy cells in your skin and mouth, causing blisters and sores. No one knows the cause. Pemphigus does not spread from person to person. It does not appear to be inherited. But some people's genes put them more at risk for pemphigus.

Pemphigoid is also an autoimmune skin disease. It leads to deep blisters that do not break easily. Pemphigoid is most common in older adults and may be fatal for older, sick patients.

Doctors diagnose pemphigus with a physical exam, a biopsy, and blood tests. The treatment of pemphigus and pemphigoid is the same: one or more medicines to control symptoms. These may include

  • Steroids, which reduce inflammation
  • Drugs that suppress the immune system response
  • Antibiotics to treat associated infections

NIH: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

  • Bullous pemphigoid
  • Pemphigus vulgaris

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