Valid for Submission
B55.0 is a billable diagnosis code used to specify a medical diagnosis of visceral leishmaniasis. The code B55.0 is valid during the fiscal year 2021 from October 01, 2020 through September 30, 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.
The ICD-10-CM code B55.0 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like leishmaniasis, post-kala-azar dermal leishmaniasis or visceral leishmaniasis.
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 B55.0:
Inclusion TermsInclusion Terms
These terms are the conditions for which that code is to be used. The terms may be synonyms of the code title, or, in the case of "other specified" codes, the terms are a list of the various conditions assigned to that code. The inclusion terms are not necessarily exhaustive. Additional terms found only in the Alphabetic Index may also be assigned to a code.
- Post-kala-azar dermal leishmaniasis
Index to Diseases and Injuries
The Index to Diseases and Injuries is an alphabetical listing of medical terms, with each term mapped to one or more ICD-10 code(s). The following references for the code B55.0 are found in the index:
- - Assam fever - B55.0
- - Burdwan fever - B55.0
- - Dumdum fever - B55.0
- - Dysentery, dysenteric (catarrhal) (diarrhea) (epidemic) (hemorrhagic) (infectious) (sporadic) (tropical) - A09
- - leishmanial - B55.0
- - Fever (inanition) (of unknown origin) (persistent) (with chills) (with rigor) - R50.9
- - Infection, infected, infective (opportunistic) - B99.9
- - Kala-azar - B55.0
- - Leishmaniasis - B55.9
- - Ponos - B55.0
- - Sahib disease - B55.0
- - Sirkari's disease - B55.0
- - Sudanese kala-azar - B55.0
The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:
- Post-kala-azar dermal leishmaniasis
- Visceral leishmaniasis
- LEISHMANIASIS VISCERAL-. a chronic disease caused by leishmania donovani and transmitted by the bite of several sandflies of the genera phlebotomus and lutzomyia. it is commonly characterized by fever chills vomiting anemia hepatosplenomegaly leukopenia hypergammaglobulinemia emaciation and an earth gray color of the skin. the disease is classified into three main types according to geographic distribution: indian mediterranean or infantile and african.
Diagnostic Related Groups - MS-DRG Mapping
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Information for Patients
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:
- Stay indoors from dusk to dawn, when sand flies are the most active
- Wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts when outside
- Use insect repellent and bed nets as needed
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Leishmaniasis (Medical Encyclopedia)