2022 ICD-10-CM Code A17

Tuberculosis of nervous system

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

Short Description:Tuberculosis of nervous system
Long Description:Tuberculosis of nervous system

Code Classification

  • Certain infectious and parasitic diseases (A00–B99)
    • Tuberculosis (A15-A19)
      • Tuberculosis of nervous system (A17)

A17 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of tuberculosis of nervous system. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2022 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. Category or Header define the heading of a category of codes that may be further subdivided by the use of 4th, 5th, 6th or 7th characters.

Specific Coding for Tuberculosis of nervous system

Non-specific codes like A17 require more digits to indicate the appropriate level of specificity. Consider using any of the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity when coding for tuberculosis of nervous system:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use A17.0 for Tuberculous meningitis
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use A17.1 for Meningeal tuberculoma
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - A17.8 for Other tuberculosis of nervous system
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use A17.81 for Tuberculoma of brain and spinal cord
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use A17.82 for Tuberculous meningoencephalitis
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use A17.83 for Tuberculous neuritis
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use A17.89 for Other tuberculosis of nervous system
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use A17.9 for Tuberculosis of nervous system, unspecified

Information for Patients


Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by bacteria called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The bacteria usually attack the lungs, but they can also damage other parts of the body.

TB spreads through the air when a person with TB of the lungs or throat coughs, sneezes, or talks. If you have been exposed, you should go to your doctor for tests. You are more likely to get TB if you have a weak immune system.

Symptoms of TB in the lungs may include

Skin tests, blood tests, x-rays, and other tests can tell if you have TB. If not treated properly, TB can be deadly. You can usually cure active TB by taking several medicines for a long period of time.

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Code History

  • FY 2021 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2020 through 9/30/2021
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016 (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)