2021 ICD-10-CM Code B55

Leishmaniasis

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

B55 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of leishmaniasis. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2021 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.

ICD-10:B55
Short Description:Leishmaniasis
Long Description:Leishmaniasis

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Leishmaniasis

Non-specific codes like B55 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 leishmaniasis:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use B55.0 for Visceral leishmaniasis
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use B55.1 for Cutaneous leishmaniasis
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use B55.2 for Mucocutaneous leishmaniasis
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use B55.9 for Leishmaniasis, unspecified

Clinical Information

Information for Patients


Leishmaniasis

Also called: Kala-azar

Leishmaniasis is a parasitic disease spread by the bite of infected sand flies. There are several different forms of leishmaniasis. The most common are cutaneous and visceral. The cutaneous type causes skin sores. The visceral type affects internal organs such as the spleen, liver, and bone marrow. People with this form usually have fever, weight loss, and an enlarged spleen and liver.

Leishmaniasis is found in parts of about 88 countries. Most of these countries are in the tropics and subtropics. It is possible but very unlikely that you would get this disease in the United States. But you should be aware of it if you are traveling to the Middle East or parts of Central America, South America, Asia, Africa or southern Europe.

Treatment is with medicines that contain antimony, a type of metal, or with strong antibiotics. The best way to prevent the disease is to protect yourself from sand fly bites:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


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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)