ICD-10-CM Code B50

Plasmodium falciparum malaria

Version 2021 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

B50 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of plasmodium falciparum malaria. The code is NOT valid for the year 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:B50
Short Description:Plasmodium falciparum malaria
Long Description:Plasmodium falciparum malaria

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

  • B50.0 - Plasmodium falciparum malaria with cerebral complications
  • B50.8 - Other severe and complicated Plasmodium falciparum malaria
  • B50.9 - ... unspecified

Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries

The Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries is a list of ICD-10 codes, organized "head to toe" into chapters and sections with guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more. The following references are applicable to the code B50:

Includes

Includes
This note appears immediately under a three character code title to further define, or give examples of, the content of the category.
  • mixed infections of Plasmodium falciparum with any other Plasmodium species

Clinical Information

  • MALARIA FALCIPARUM-. malaria caused by plasmodium falciparum. this is the severest form of malaria and is associated with the highest levels of parasites in the blood. this disease is characterized by irregularly recurring febrile paroxysms that in extreme cases occur with acute cerebral renal or gastrointestinal manifestations.

Code Classification

  • Certain infectious and parasitic diseases (A00–B99)
    • Protozoal diseases (B50-B64)
      • Plasmodium falciparum malaria (B50)

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


Malaria

Malaria is a serious disease caused by a parasite. You get it when an infected mosquito bites you. Malaria is a major cause of death worldwide, but it is almost wiped out in the United States. The disease is mostly a problem in developing countries with warm climates. If you travel to these countries, you are at risk. There are four different types of malaria caused by four related parasites. The most deadly type occurs in Africa south of the Sahara Desert.

Malaria symptoms include chills, flu-like symptoms, fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and jaundice. A blood test can diagnose it. It can be life-threatening. However, you can treat malaria with drugs. The type of drug depends on which kind of malaria you have and where you were infected.

Malaria can be prevented. When traveling to areas where malaria is found

  • See your doctor for medicines that protect you
  • Wear insect repellent with DEET
  • Cover up
  • Sleep under mosquito netting

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Malaria (Medical Encyclopedia)

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