ICD-9 Diagnosis Code 985.1

Toxic effect arsenic

Diagnosis Code 985.1

ICD-9: 985.1
Short Description: Toxic effect arsenic
Long Description: Toxic effect of arsenic and its compounds
This is the 2014 version of the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code 985.1

Code Classification
  • Injury and poisoning
    • Toxic effects of substances chiefly nonmedicinal as to source (980-989)
      • 985 Toxic effect of other metals

Information for Medical Professionals

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Information for Patients


Arsenic is a natural element found in soil and minerals. Arsenic compounds are used to preserve wood, as pesticides, and in some industries. Arsenic can get into air, water, and the ground from wind-blown dust. It may also get into water from runoff.

You may be exposed to arsenic by

  • Taking in small amounts in food, water or air
  • Breathing sawdust or burning smoke from arsenic-treated wood
  • Living in an area with high levels of arsenic in rock
  • Working in a job where arsenic is made or used

Exposure to arsenic can cause many health problems. Being exposed to low levels for a long time can change the color of your skin. It can cause corns and small warts. Exposure to high levels of arsenic can cause death.

Agency for Toxic Substances Disease Registry

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