ICD-10 Diagnosis Code Q18.0

Sinus, fistula and cyst of branchial cleft

Diagnosis Code Q18.0

ICD-10: Q18.0
Short Description: Sinus, fistula and cyst of branchial cleft
Long Description: Sinus, fistula and cyst of branchial cleft
This is the 2017 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code Q18.0

Code Classification
  • Congenital malformations, deformations and chromosomal abnormalities
    • Congenital malformations of eye, ear, face and neck (Q10-Q18)
      • Other congenital malformations of face and neck (Q18)

Information for Medical Professionals

Diagnostic Related Groups
The diagnosis code Q18.0 is grouped in the following Diagnostic Related Group(s) (MS-DRG v33.0)


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The code Q18.0 is exempt from POA reporting.

  • Branchial cleft anomaly
  • Branchial cleft cyst
  • Branchial cleft external sinus
  • Branchial cleft internal sinus
  • Branchial cleft sinus and fistula
  • First branchial cleft cyst
  • Fistula of branchial cleft
  • Fourth branchial cleft cyst
  • Second branchial cleft cyst
  • Sinus of branchial cleft
  • Third branchial cleft cyst

Index of Diseases and Injuries
References found for the code Q18.0 in the Index of Diseases and Injuries:

Information for Patients

Birth Defects

A birth defect is a problem that happens while a baby is developing in the mother's body. Most birth defects happen during the first 3 months of pregnancy. One out of every 33 babies in the United States is born with a birth defect.

A birth defect may affect how the body looks, works or both. Some birth defects like cleft lip or neural tube defects are structural problems that can be easy to see. To find others, like heart defects, doctors use special tests. Birth defects can vary from mild to severe. Some result from exposures to medicines or chemicals. For example, alcohol abuse can cause fetal alcohol syndrome. Infections during pregnancy can also result in birth defects. For most birth defects, the cause is unknown.

Some birth defects can be prevented. Taking folic acid can help prevent some birth defects. Talk to your doctor about any medicines you take. Some medicines can cause serious birth defects.

Babies with birth defects may need surgery or other medical treatments. Today, doctors can diagnose many birth defects in the womb. This enables them to treat or even correct some problems before the baby is born.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Intersex

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Neck Injuries and Disorders

Any part of your neck - muscles, bones, joints, tendons, ligaments, or nerves - can cause neck problems. Neck pain is very common. Pain may also come from your shoulder, jaw, head, or upper arms.

Muscle strain or tension often causes neck pain. The problem is usually overuse, such as from sitting at a computer for too long. Sometimes you can strain your neck muscles from sleeping in an awkward position or overdoing it during exercise. Falls or accidents, including car accidents, are another common cause of neck pain. Whiplash, a soft tissue injury to the neck, is also called neck sprain or strain.

Treatment depends on the cause, but may include applying ice, taking pain relievers, getting physical therapy or wearing a cervical collar. You rarely need surgery.

  • Cervical MRI scan
  • Cervical spine CT scan
  • Cervical spondylosis
  • Neck lump
  • Neck pain
  • Neck pain or spasms -- self care
  • Neck x-ray
  • Spinal fusion
  • Torticollis

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