ICD-9 Diagnosis Code 438.85


Diagnosis Code 438.85

ICD-9: 438.85
Short Description: Vertigo
Long Description: Other late effects of cerebrovascular disease, vertigo
This is the 2014 version of the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code 438.85

Code Classification
  • Diseases of the circulatory system
    • Cerebrovascular disease (430-438)
      • 438 Late effects of cerebrovascular disease

Information for Medical Professionals

Information for Patients

Dizziness and Vertigo

When you're dizzy, you may feel lightheaded or lose your balance. If you feel that the room is spinning, you have vertigo.

A sudden drop in blood pressure or being dehydrated can make you dizzy. Many people feel lightheaded if they get up too quickly from sitting or lying down.

Dizziness usually gets better by itself or is easily treated. However, it can be a symptom of other disorders. Medicines may cause dizziness, or problems with your ear. Motion sickness can also make you dizzy. There are many other causes.

If you are dizzy often, you should see your health care provider to find the cause.

  • Benign positional vertigo
  • Benign positional vertigo -- aftercare
  • Dizziness
  • Dizziness and vertigo -- aftercare
  • Electronystagmography
  • Epley maneuver
  • Labyrinthitis
  • Labyrinthitis -- aftercare
  • Vertigo-associated disorders

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Also called: Brain attack, CVA

A stroke is a medical emergency. Strokes happen when blood flow to your brain stops. Within minutes, brain cells begin to die. There are two kinds of stroke. The more common kind, called ischemic stroke, is caused by a blood clot that blocks or plugs a blood vessel in the brain. The other kind, called hemorrhagic stroke, is caused by a blood vessel that breaks and bleeds into the brain. "Mini-strokes" or transient ischemic attacks (TIAs), occur when the blood supply to the brain is briefly interrupted.

Symptoms of stroke are

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg (especially on one side of the body)
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause

If you have any of these symptoms, you must get to a hospital quickly to begin treatment. Acute stroke therapies try to stop a stroke while it is happening by quickly dissolving the blood clot or by stopping the bleeding. Post-stroke rehabilitation helps individuals overcome disabilities that result from stroke damage. Drug therapy with blood thinners is the most common treatment for stroke.

NIH: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

  • EEG
  • Magnetic resonance angiography
  • Preventing stroke
  • Stroke
  • Stroke - discharge
  • Swallowing problems

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