ICD-10 Diagnosis Code R78.6

Finding of steroid agent in blood

Diagnosis Code R78.6

ICD-10: R78.6
Short Description: Finding of steroid agent in blood
Long Description: Finding of steroid agent in blood
This is the 2017 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code R78.6

Code Classification
  • Symptoms, signs and abnormal clinical and laboratory findings, not elsewhere classified
    • Abnormal findings on examination of blood, without diagnosis (R70-R79)
      • Find of drugs and oth substnc, not normally found in blood (R78)

Information for Medical Professionals

According to ICD-10-CM guidelines this code should not to be used as a principal diagnosis code when a related definitive diagnosis has been established.
Diagnostic Related Groups
The diagnosis code R78.6 is grouped in the following Diagnostic Related Group(s) (MS-DRG v33.0)


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Information for Patients


Also called: Corticosteroids, Glucocorticoids

You may have heard of anabolic steroids, which can have harmful effects. But there's another type of steroid - sometimes called a corticosteroid - that treats a variety of problems. These steroids are similar to hormones that your adrenal glands make to fight stress associated with illnesses and injuries. They reduce inflammation and affect the immune system.

You may need to take corticosteroids to treat

  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Autoimmune diseases such as lupus and multiple sclerosis
  • Skin conditions such as eczema and rashes
  • Some kinds of cancer

Steroids are strong medicines, and they can have side effects, including weakened bones and cataracts. Because of this, you usually take them for as short a time as possible.

  • Steroid injections - tendon, bursa, joint

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