ICD-10 Diagnosis Code X31.XXXA

Exposure to excessive natural cold, initial encounter

Diagnosis Code X31.XXXA

ICD-10: X31.XXXA
Short Description: Exposure to excessive natural cold, initial encounter
Long Description: Exposure to excessive natural cold, initial encounter
This is the 2017 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code X31.XXXA

Valid for Submission
The code X31.XXXA is valid for submission for HIPAA-covered transactions.

Code Classification
  • External causes of morbidity and mortality (V01–Y98)
    • Exposure to forces of nature (X30-X39)
      • Exposure to excessive natural cold (X31)

Information for Patients


Hypothermia

Also called: Cold-related illness

Cold weather can affect your body in different ways. You can get frostbite, which is an injury to the body that is caused by freezing. Your body can also lose heat faster than you can produce it. That can cause hypothermia, or abnormally low body temperature. It can make you sleepy, confused, and clumsy. Because it happens gradually and affects your thinking, you may not realize you need help. That makes it especially dangerous. A body temperature below 95° F is a medical emergency and can lead to death if not treated promptly.

Anyone who spends much time outdoors in cold weather can get hypothermia. You can also get it from being cold and wet, or under cold water for too long. Babies and old people are especially at risk. Babies can get it from sleeping in a cold room.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • How to prevent frostbite and hypothermia (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Hypothermia (Medical Encyclopedia)


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