2022 ICD-10-CM Code B43

Chromomycosis and pheomycotic abscess

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

ICD-10:B43
Short Description:Chromomycosis and pheomycotic abscess
Long Description:Chromomycosis and pheomycotic abscess

Code Classification

  • Certain infectious and parasitic diseases (A00–B99)
    • Mycoses (B35-B49)
      • Chromomycosis and pheomycotic abscess (B43)

B43 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of chromomycosis and pheomycotic abscess. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2022 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.

Specific Coding for Chromomycosis and pheomycotic abscess

Non-specific codes like B43 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 chromomycosis and pheomycotic abscess:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use B43.0 for Cutaneous chromomycosis
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use B43.1 for Pheomycotic brain abscess
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use B43.2 for Subcutaneous pheomycotic abscess and cyst
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use B43.8 for Other forms of chromomycosis
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use B43.9 for Chromomycosis, unspecified

Information for Patients


Abscess

An abscess is a pocket of pus. You can get an abscess almost anywhere in your body. When an area of your body becomes infected, your body's immune system tries to fight the infection. White blood cells go to the infected area, collect within the damaged tissue, and cause inflammation. During this process, pus forms. Pus is a mixture of living and dead white blood cells, germs, and dead tissue.

Bacteria, viruses, parasites and swallowed objects can all lead to abscesses. Skin abscesses are easy to detect. They are red, raised and painful. Abscesses inside your body may not be obvious and can damage organs, including the brain, lungs and others. Treatments include drainage and antibiotics.


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Fungal Infections

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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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)