ICD-10-CM Code A17.81

Tuberculoma of brain and spinal cord

Version 2020 Billable Code

Valid for Submission

A17.81 is a billable code used to specify a medical diagnosis of tuberculoma of brain and spinal cord. The code is valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. The ICD-10-CM code A17.81 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like abscess of spinal cord caused by bacterium, epidural abscess, infection causing granuloma of central nervous system, infection causing granuloma of central nervous system, infectious granuloma, infectious granuloma, etc

ICD-10:A17.81
Short Description:Tuberculoma of brain and spinal cord
Long Description:Tuberculoma of brain and spinal cord

Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries

The Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries is a list of ICD-10 codes, organized "head to toe" into chapters and sections with guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more. The following references are applicable to the code A17.81:

Inclusion Terms

Inclusion Terms
These terms are the conditions for which that code is to be used. The terms may be synonyms of the code title, or, in the case of "other specified" codes, the terms are a list of the various conditions assigned to that code. The inclusion terms are not necessarily exhaustive. Additional terms found only in the Alphabetic Index may also be assigned to a code.
  • Tuberculous abscess of brain and spinal cord

Index to Diseases and Injuries

The Index to Diseases and Injuries is an alphabetical listing of medical terms, with each term mapped to one or more ICD-10 code(s). The following references for the code A17.81 are found in the index:


Synonyms

The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:

  • Abscess of spinal cord caused by bacterium
  • Epidural abscess
  • Infection causing granuloma of central nervous system
  • Infection causing granuloma of central nervous system
  • Infectious granuloma
  • Infectious granuloma
  • Tuberculoma
  • Tuberculoma
  • Tuberculoma of brain
  • Tuberculoma of spinal cord
  • Tuberculoma of spinal cord confirmed
  • Tuberculosis of brain
  • Tuberculosis of central nervous system
  • Tuberculosis of central nervous system
  • Tuberculosis of spinal cord
  • Tuberculous abscess
  • Tuberculous abscess
  • Tuberculous abscess
  • Tuberculous abscess of brain
  • Tuberculous abscess of epidural space
  • Tuberculous abscess of spinal cord
  • Tuberculous intracranial abscess
  • Tuberculous myelitis

Convert A17.81 to ICD-9

  • 013.20 - Tuberculoma brain-unspec (Approximate Flag)
  • 013.30 - TB brain abscess-unspec (Approximate Flag)
  • 013.40 - Tubrclma sp cord-unspec (Approximate Flag)
  • 013.50 - TB sp crd abscess-unspec (Approximate Flag)

Code Classification

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

Code History

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

Information for Patients


Brain Diseases

The brain is the control center of the body. It controls thoughts, memory, speech, and movement. It regulates the function of many organs. When the brain is healthy, it works quickly and automatically. However, when problems occur, the results can be devastating.

Inflammation in the brain can lead to problems such as vision loss, weakness and paralysis. Loss of brain cells, which happens if you suffer a stroke, can affect your ability to think clearly. Brain tumors can also press on nerves and affect brain function. Some brain diseases are genetic. And we do not know what causes some brain diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease.

The symptoms of brain diseases vary widely depending on the specific problem. In some cases, damage is permanent. In other cases, treatments such as surgery, medicines, or physical therapy can correct the source of the problem or improve symptoms.


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Spinal Cord Diseases

Your spinal cord is a bundle of nerves that runs down the middle of your back. It carries signals back and forth between your body and your brain. It is protected by your vertebrae, which are the bone disks that make up your spine. If you have an accident that damages the vertebrae or other parts of the spine, this can also injure the spinal cord. Other spinal cord problems include

  • Tumors
  • Infections such as meningitis and polio
  • Inflammatory diseases
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Degenerative diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and spinal muscular atrophy

Symptoms vary but might include pain, numbness, loss of sensation and muscle weakness. These symptoms can occur around the spinal cord, and also in other areas such as your arms and legs. Treatments often include medicines and surgery.


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Tuberculosis

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

  • A bad cough that lasts 3 weeks or longer
  • Weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Coughing up blood or mucus
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Fever
  • Night sweats

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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