ICD-10 Code B56

African trypanosomiasis

Version 2019 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

B56 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of african trypanosomiasis. The code is NOT valid for the year 2019 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10: B56
Short Description:African trypanosomiasis
Long Description:African trypanosomiasis

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

  • B56.0 - Gambiense trypanosomiasis
  • B56.1 - Rhodesiense trypanosomiasis
  • B56.9 - African trypanosomiasis, unspecified

Code Classification

  • Certain infectious and parasitic diseases (A00–B99)
    • Protozoal diseases (B50-B64)
      • African trypanosomiasis (B56)

Code History

  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016
    (first year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA mandated 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

Information for Patients


Parasitic Diseases

Parasites are living things that use other living things - like your body - for food and a place to live. You can get them from contaminated food or water, a bug bite, or sexual contact. Some parasitic diseases are easily treated and some are not.

Parasites range in size from tiny, one-celled organisms called protozoa to worms that can be seen with the naked eye. Some parasitic diseases occur in the United States. Contaminated water supplies can lead to Giardia infections. Cats can transmit toxoplasmosis, which is dangerous for pregnant women. Others, like malaria, are common in other parts of the world.

If you are traveling, it's important to drink only water you know is safe. Prevention is especially important. There are no vaccines for parasitic diseases. Some medicines are available to treat parasitic infections.

  • Amebiasis (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Amebic liver abscess (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Ascariasis (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Creeping eruption (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Stool ova and parasites exam (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Taeniasis (Medical Encyclopedia)

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ICD-10 Footnotes

General Equivalence Map Definitions
The ICD-10 and ICD-9 GEMs are used to facilitate linking between the diagnosis codes in ICD-9-CM and the new ICD-10-CM code set. The GEMs are the raw material from which providers, health information vendors and payers can derive specific applied mappings to meet their needs.

  • Approximate Flag - The approximate flag is on, indicating that the relationship between the code in the source system and the code in the target system is an approximate equivalent.
  • No Map Flag - The no map flag indicates that a code in the source system is not linked to any code in the target system.
  • Combination Flag - The combination flag indicates that more than one code in the target system is required to satisfy the full equivalent meaning of a code in the source system.