ICD-9 Diagnosis Code 281.8

Nutritional anemia NEC

Diagnosis Code 281.8

ICD-9: 281.8
Short Description: Nutritional anemia NEC
Long Description: Anemia associated with other specified nutritional deficiency
This is the 2014 version of the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code 281.8

Code Classification
  • Diseases of the blood and blood-forming organs
    • Diseases of the blood and blood-forming organs (280-289)
      • 281 Other deficiency anemias

Information for Medical Professionals

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  • Anemia due to copper
  • Anemia due to copper deficiency
  • Anemia due to niacin deficiency
  • Anemia due to pantothenic deficiency
  • Anemia due to riboflavin deficiency
  • Anemia due to starvation
  • Anemia due to vitamin A deficiency
  • Anemia due to vitamin B>6< deficiency
  • Anemia due to vitamin E deficiency
  • Anemia due to zinc deficiency
  • Megaloblastic anemia due to dietary causes
  • Vitamin C deficiency anemia
  • Vitamin E deficiency anemia

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Information for Patients


Also called: Iron poor blood

If you have anemia, your blood does not carry enough oxygen to the rest of your body. The most common cause of anemia is not having enough iron. Your body needs iron to make hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is an iron-rich protein that gives the red color to blood. It carries oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body.

Anemia has three main causes: blood loss, lack of red blood cell production, and high rates of red blood cell destruction.

Conditions that may lead to anemia include

  • Heavy periods
  • Pregnancy
  • Ulcers
  • Colon polyps or colon cancer
  • Inherited disorders
  • A diet that does not have enough iron, folic acid or vitamin B12
  • Blood disorders such as sickle cell anemia and thalassemia, or cancer
  • Aplastic anemia, a condition that can be inherited or acquired
  • G6PD deficiency, a metabolic disorder

Anemia can make you feel tired, cold, dizzy, and irritable. You may be short of breath or have a headache.

Your doctor will diagnose anemia with a physical exam and blood tests. Treatment depends on the kind of anemia you have.

NIH: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

  • Anemia
  • Anemia - B12 deficiency
  • Anemia caused by low iron -- infants and toddlers
  • Anemia of chronic disease
  • Anemia of Inflammation and Chronic Disease - NIH
  • Antiparietal cell antibody test
  • Congenital spherocytic anemia
  • Ferritin blood test
  • Folate-deficiency anemia
  • Hemoglobin electrophoresis
  • Hemolytic anemia
  • Hemolytic anemia caused by chemicals and toxins
  • Immune hemolytic anemia
  • Iron deficiency anemia
  • Managing Chemotherapy Side Effects: Anemia - NIH - Easy-to-Read (National Cancer Institute)
  • Pernicious anemia
  • Serum free hemoglobin test
  • Serum iron test
  • Total iron binding capacity
  • Vitamin B12 level

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Food provides the energy and nutrients you need to be healthy. If you don't get enough nutrients -- including proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and minerals - you may suffer from malnutrition.

Causes of malnutrition include:

  • Lack of specific nutrients in your diet. Even the lack of one vitamin can lead to malnutrition.
  • An unbalanced diet
  • Certain medical problems, such as malabsorption syndromes and cancers

Symptoms may include fatigue, dizziness, and weight loss. Or, you may have no symptoms. To diagnose the cause of the problem, your doctor may do blood tests and a nutritional assessment. Treatment may include replacing the missing nutrients and treating the underlying cause.

  • Beriberi
  • Kwashiorkor
  • Malnutrition
  • Pellagra
  • Pica
  • Scurvy

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