ICD-10-CM Code A81.81

Kuru

Version 2020 Billable Code

Valid for Submission

A81.81 is a billable code used to specify a medical diagnosis of kuru. The code is valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. The ICD-10-CM code A81.81 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like kuru or spongiform encephalopathy.

ICD-10:A81.81
Short Description:Kuru
Long Description:Kuru

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 A81.81 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:

  • Kuru
  • Spongiform encephalopathy

Clinical Information

  • KURU-. a prion disease found exclusively among the fore linguistic group natives of the highlands of new guinea. the illness is primarily restricted to adult females and children of both sexes. it is marked by the subacute onset of tremor and ataxia followed by motor weakness and incontinence. death occurs within 3 6 months of disease onset. the condition is associated with ritual cannibalism and has become rare since this practice has been discontinued. pathologic features include a noninflammatory loss of neurons that is most prominent in the cerebellum glial proliferation and amyloid plaques. from adams et al. principles of neurology 6th ed p773

Convert A81.81 to ICD-9

Code Classification

  • Certain infectious and parasitic diseases (A00–B99)
    • Viral and prion infections of the central nervous system (A80-A89)
      • Atypical virus infections of central nervous system (A81)

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


Degenerative Nerve Diseases

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