ICD-10 Code B19.2

Unspecified viral hepatitis C

Version 2019 Non-Billable Code
ICD-10: B19.2
Short Description:Unspecified viral hepatitis C
Long Description:Unspecified viral hepatitis C

Not Valid for Submission

ICD-10 B19.2 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 c. The code is NOT valid for the year 2019 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

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

  • B19.20 - Unspecified viral hepatitis C without hepatic coma
  • B19.21 - Unspecified viral hepatitis C with hepatic coma

Code Classification

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

Information for Patients


Hepatitis C

Also called: HCV

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. One type, hepatitis C, is caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). It usually spreads through contact with infected blood. It can also spread through sex with an infected person and from mother to baby during childbirth.

Most people who are infected with hepatitis C don't have any symptoms for years. If you do get symptoms, you may feel as if you have the flu. You may also have jaundice, a yellowing of skin and eyes, dark-colored urine, and pale bowel movements. A blood test can tell if you have it. Usually, hepatitis C does not get better by itself. The infection can last a lifetime and may lead to cirrhosis (scarring of the liver) or liver cancer. Medicines sometimes help, but side effects can be a problem. Serious cases may need a liver transplant.

There is no vaccine for HCV.

NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

  • Hepatitis C - NIH - Easy-to-Read (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)
  • Hepatitis C (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Hepatitis C -- children (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Hepatitis virus panel (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Preventing hepatitis B or C (Medical Encyclopedia)

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ICD-10 Footnotes

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