B40.8 is a non-specific and non-billable ICD-10 code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of other forms of blastomycosis. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2023 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.
- Blastomycosis-. a fungal infection that may appear in two forms: 1, a primary lesion characterized by the formation of a small cutaneous nodule and small nodules along the lymphatics that may heal within several months; and 2, chronic granulomatous lesions characterized by thick crusts, warty growths, and unusual vascularity and infection in the middle or upper lobes of the lung.
- Lobomycosis-. a chronic, fungal, subcutaneous infection endemic in rural regions in south america and central america. the causal organism is lacazia labol.
- Paracoccidioidomycosis-. a mycosis affecting the skin, mucous membranes, lymph nodes, and internal organs. it is caused most often by paracoccidioides brasiliensis. it is also called paracoccidioidal granuloma.
- Blastomycosis-. a fungal infection caused by inhalation of spores of blastomyces dermatitidis. it presents with flu-like symptoms including fever, chills, cough, pleuritic chest pain and myalgias. it may lead to a chronic granulomatous pulmonary infection and disseminate to other anatomic sites including skin, nervous system and bones.
- North American Blastomycosis|Blastomyces Dermatitidis Infection-. a pulmonary disease resulting from infection with blastomyces dermatitidis, which is prevalent in north america.
Specific Coding for Other forms of blastomycosis
Non-specific codes like B40.8 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 other forms of blastomycosis:
If you have ever had athlete's foot or a yeast infection, you can blame a fungus. A fungus is a primitive organism. Mushrooms, mold and mildew are examples. Fungi live in air, in soil, on plants and in water. Some live in the human body. Only about half of all types of fungi are harmful.
Some fungi reproduce through tiny spores in the air. You can inhale the spores or they can land on you. As a result, fungal infections often start in the lungs or on the skin. You are more likely to get a fungal infection if you have a weakened immune system or take antibiotics.
Fungi can be difficult to kill. For skin and nail infections, you can apply medicine directly to the infected area. Oral antifungal medicines are also available for serious infections.
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