ICD-9 Diagnosis Code 259.0

Delay sexual develop NEC

Diagnosis Code 259.0

ICD-9: 259.0
Short Description: Delay sexual develop NEC
Long Description: Delay in sexual development and puberty, not elsewhere classified
This is the 2014 version of the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code 259.0

Code Classification
  • Endocrine, nutritional and metabolic diseases, and immunity disorders
    • Diseases of other endocrine glands (249-259)
      • 259 Other endocrine disorders

Information for Medical Professionals

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  • Arrested puberty
  • Constitutional delay of growth and puberty
  • Delay in sexual development AND/OR puberty
  • Delayed adrenarche
  • Delayed female puberty
  • Delayed growth of secondary sexual hair
  • Delayed puberty
  • Infantile uterus
  • On examination - delayed puberty
  • Prepubertal - no pubic hair

Index of Diseases and Injuries
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Information for Patients


Puberty is the time in life when a boy or girl becomes sexually mature. It is a process that usually happens between ages 10 and 14 for girls and ages 12 and 16 for boys. It causes physical changes, and affects boys and girls differently.

In girls:

  • The first sign of puberty is usually breast development.
  • Then hair grows in the pubic area and armpits.
  • Menstruation (or a period) usually happens last.

In boys:

  • Puberty usually begins with the testicles and penis getting bigger.
  • Then hair grows in the pubic area and armpits.
  • Muscles grow, the voice deepens, and facial hair develops as puberty continues.

Both boys and girls may get acne. They also usually have a growth spurt (a rapid increase in height) that lasts for about 2 or 3 years. This brings them closer to their adult height, which they reach after puberty.

NIH: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

  • Precocious puberty
  • Puberty in boys
  • Puberty in girls

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