ICD-10 Diagnosis Code L81

Other disorders of pigmentation

Diagnosis Code L81

ICD-10: L81
Short Description: Other disorders of pigmentation
Long Description: Other disorders of pigmentation
This is the 2018 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code L81

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Code Classification
  • Diseases of the skin and subcutaneous tissue (L00–L99)
    • Other disorders of the skin and subcutaneous tissue (L80-L99)
      • Other disorders of pigmentation (L81)

Information for Patients


Skin Pigmentation Disorders

Also called: Hyperpigmentation, Hypopigmentation

Pigmentation means coloring. Skin pigmentation disorders affect the color of your skin. Your skin gets its color from a pigment called melanin. Special cells in the skin make melanin. When these cells become damaged or unhealthy, it affects melanin production. Some pigmentation disorders affect just patches of skin. Others affect your entire body.

If your body makes too much melanin, your skin gets darker. Pregnancy, Addison's disease, and sun exposure all can make your skin darker. If your body makes too little melanin, your skin gets lighter. Vitiligo is a condition that causes patches of light skin. Albinism is a genetic condition affecting a person's skin. A person with albinism may have no color, lighter than normal skin color, or patchy missing skin color. Infections, blisters and burns can also cause lighter skin.

  • Acanthosis nigricans (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Albinism (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Incontinentia pigmenti (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Incontinentia pigmenti achromians (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Liver spots (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Melasma (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Skin - abnormally dark or light (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Skin color - patchy (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Urticaria pigmentosa (Medical Encyclopedia)


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