ICD-9 Diagnosis Code 796.6

Abnorm neonate screening

Diagnosis Code 796.6

ICD-9: 796.6
Short Description: Abnorm neonate screening
Long Description: Abnormal findings on neonatal screening
This is the 2014 version of the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code 796.6

Code Classification
  • Symptoms, signs, and ill-defined conditions
    • Nonspecific abnormal findings (790-796)
      • 796 Other nonspecific abnormal findings

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.

Convert to ICD-10 Additional informationCallout TooltipGeneral Equivalence Map
The ICD-10 and ICD-9 GEMs are used to facilitate linking between the diagnosis codes in ICD-9-CM and the new ICD-10-CM code set. The GEMs are the raw material from which providers, health information vendors and payers can derive specific applied mappings to meet their needs.
  • P09 - Abnormal findings on neonatal screening

Index of Diseases and Injuries
References found for the code 796.6 in the Index of Diseases and Injuries:

    • Findings, (abnormal), without diagnosis (examination) (laboratory test) 796.4
      • neonatal screening 796.6

Information for Patients

Newborn Screening

Your newborn infant has screening tests before leaving the hospital. There may be different tests depending on the state where you live. They include

  • Tests on a few drops of blood from pricking the baby's heel. The tests look for inherited disorders. All states test for at least 30 of these conditions.
  • A hearing test that measures the baby's response to sound
  • A skin test that measures the level of oxygen in the blood. This can tell if the baby has a congenital heart defect.

These tests look for serious medical conditions. If not treated, some of these conditions can cause lifelong health problems. Others can cause early death. With early diagnosis, treatment can begin right away, before serious problems can occur or become permanent.

If a screening shows that your baby might have a condition, the health care provider or the state health department will call you. It is important to follow up quickly. Further testing can verify whether your baby has the condition. If so, treatment should start right away.

NIH: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

  • Newborn screening tests

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