2021 ICD-10-CM Code A80

Acute poliomyelitis

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

A80 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of acute poliomyelitis. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2021 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.

ICD-10:A80
Short Description:Acute poliomyelitis
Long Description:Acute poliomyelitis

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Acute poliomyelitis

Non-specific codes like A80 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 acute poliomyelitis:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use A80.0 for Acute paralytic poliomyelitis, vaccine-associated
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use A80.1 for Acute paralytic poliomyelitis, wild virus, imported
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use A80.2 for Acute paralytic poliomyelitis, wild virus, indigenous
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - A80.3 for Acute paralytic poliomyelitis, other and unspecified
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use A80.30 for Acute paralytic poliomyelitis, unspecified
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use A80.39 for Other acute paralytic poliomyelitis
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use A80.4 for Acute nonparalytic poliomyelitis
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use A80.9 for Acute poliomyelitis, unspecified

Clinical Information

Information for Patients


Polio and Post-Polio Syndrome

Also called: Infantile paralysis, PPS, Poliomyelitis

Polio is an infectious disease caused by a virus. The virus lives in an infected person's throat and intestines. It is most often spread by contact with the stool of an infected person. You can also get it from droplets if an infected person sneezes or coughs. It can contaminate food and water if people do not wash their hands.

Most people have no symptoms. If you have symptoms, they may include fever, fatigue, nausea, headache, flu-like symptoms, stiff neck and back, and pain in the limbs. A few people will become paralyzed. There is no treatment to reverse the paralysis of polio.

Some people who've had polio develop post-polio syndrome (PPS) years later. Symptoms include tiredness, new muscle weakness, and muscle and joint pain. There is no way to prevent or cure PPS.

The polio vaccine has wiped out polio in the United States and most other countries.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


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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)