ICD-10-CM Code B19

Unspecified viral hepatitis

Version 2021 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

B19 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of unspecified viral hepatitis. The code is NOT valid for the year 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

Short Description:Unspecified viral hepatitis
Long Description:Unspecified viral hepatitis

Consider the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity:

  • B19.0 - Unspecified viral hepatitis with hepatic coma
  • B19.1 - Unspecified viral hepatitis B
  • B19.10 - Unspecified viral hepatitis B without hepatic coma
  • B19.11 - Unspecified viral hepatitis B with hepatic coma
  • B19.2 - Unspecified viral hepatitis C
  • B19.20 - Unspecified viral hepatitis C without hepatic coma
  • B19.21 - Unspecified viral hepatitis C with hepatic coma
  • B19.9 - Unspecified viral hepatitis without hepatic coma

Clinical Information

  • HEPATITIS VIRAL ANIMAL-. inflammation of the liver in animals due to viral infection.
  • HEPATITIS VIRAL HUMAN-. inflammation of the liver in humans due to infection by viruses. there are several significant types of human viral hepatitis with infection caused by enteric transmission hepatitis a; hepatitis e or blood transfusion hepatitis b; hepatitis c; and hepatitis d.
  • VIRAL HEPATITIS VACCINES-. any vaccine raised against any virus or viral derivative that causes hepatitis.

Code Classification

  • Certain infectious and parasitic diseases (A00–B99)
    • Viral hepatitis (B15-B19)
      • Unspecified viral hepatitis (B19)

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
  • FY 2021 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2020 through 9/30/2021

Information for Patients


Also called: Viral hepatitis

Your liver is the largest organ inside your body. It helps your body digest food, store energy, and remove poisons. Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver.

Viruses cause most cases of hepatitis. The type of hepatitis is named for the virus that causes it; for example, hepatitis A, hepatitis B or hepatitis C. Drug or alcohol use can also cause hepatitis. In other cases, your body mistakenly attacks healthy cells in the liver.

Some people who have hepatitis have no symptoms. Others may have

  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Dark-colored urine and pale bowel movements
  • Stomach pain
  • Jaundice, yellowing of skin and eyes

Some forms of hepatitis are mild, and others can be serious. Some can lead to scarring, called cirrhosis, or to liver cancer.

Sometimes hepatitis goes away by itself. If it does not, it can be treated with drugs. Sometimes hepatitis lasts a lifetime. Vaccines can help prevent some viral forms.

  • Autoimmune hepatitis (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Drug-induced hepatitis (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Hepatitis (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Viral Hepatitis: A through E and Beyond - NIH (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)

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