ICD-9 Diagnosis Code 779.0

Convulsions in newborn

Diagnosis Code 779.0

ICD-9: 779.0
Short Description: Convulsions in newborn
Long Description: Convulsions in newborn
This is the 2014 version of the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code 779.0

Code Classification
  • Certain conditions originating in the perinatal period
    • Other conditions originating in the perinatal period (764-779)
      • 779 Other and ill-defined conditions originating in the perinatal period

Information for Medical Professionals

Code Edits
The following edits are applicable to this code:
Newborn diagnoses Additional informationCallout TooltipNewborn diagnoses
Newborn diagnoses: Age of 0 years; a subset of diagnoses intended only for newborns and neonates.

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  • P90 - Convulsions of newborn

Index of Diseases and Injuries
References found for the code 779.0 in the Index of Diseases and Injuries:

    • Convulsions (idiopathic) 780.39
      • newborn 779.0
    • Fit 780.39
      • newborn 779.0
    • Newborn (infant) (liveborn)
      • convulsion 779.0
      • seizure 779.0
    • Seizure(s) 780.39
      • newborn 779.0

Information for Patients


Seizures are symptoms of a brain problem. They happen because of sudden, abnormal electrical activity in the brain. When people think of seizures, they often think of convulsions in which a person's body shakes rapidly and uncontrollably. Not all seizures cause convulsions. There are many types of seizures and some have mild symptoms. Seizures fall into two main groups. Focal seizures, also called partial seizures, happen in just one part of the brain. Generalized seizures are a result of abnormal activity on both sides of the brain.

Most seizures last from 30 seconds to 2 minutes and do not cause lasting harm. However, it is a medical emergency if seizures last longer than 5 minutes or if a person has many seizures and does not wake up between them. Seizures can have many causes, including medicines, high fevers, head injuries and certain diseases. People who have recurring seizures due to a brain disorder have epilepsy.

NIH: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

  • Absence seizure
  • EEG
  • Epilepsy or seizures - discharge
  • Febrile seizures
  • Generalized tonic-clonic seizure
  • Partial (focal) seizure
  • Seizures

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Uncommon Infant and Newborn Problems

It can be scary when your baby is sick, especially when it is not an everyday problem like a cold or a fever. You may not know whether the problem is serious or how to treat it. If you have concerns about your baby's health, call your health care provider right away.

Learning information about your baby's condition can help ease your worry. Do not be afraid to ask questions about your baby's care. By working together with your health care provider, you make sure that your baby gets the best care possible.

  • Caput succedaneum
  • Craniotabes
  • Crying - excessive (0-6 months)
  • Failure to thrive
  • Hemorrhagic disease of the newborn
  • Home apnea monitor use - infants
  • Hyperglycemia - infants
  • Hyperviscosity - newborn
  • Hypocalcemia - infants
  • Intussusception (children)
  • Irritability
  • Neonatal respiratory distress syndrome
  • Neonatal sepsis
  • Neutropenia - infants
  • Pyloric stenosis
  • Spasmus nutans
  • Tongue tie
  • Tracheomalacia - acquired
  • Transient tachypnea - newborn

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