Valid for Submission
B88.9 is a billable diagnosis code used to specify a medical diagnosis of infestation, unspecified. The code B88.9 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 B88.9 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like dermatosis due to parasite, inflammation of skin due to parasite, parasitic skin infestation or skin infestation.
Unspecified diagnosis codes like B88.9 are acceptable when clinical information is unknown or not available about a particular condition. Although a more specific code is preferable, unspecified codes should be used when such codes most accurately reflect what is known about a patient's condition. Specific diagnosis codes should not be used if not supported by the patient's medical record.
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 B88.9:
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.
- Infestation (skin) NOS
- Infestation by mites NOS
- Skin parasites NOS
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 B88.9 are found in the index:
- - Mite (s) (infestation) - B88.9
The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:
- Dermatosis due to parasite
- Inflammation of skin due to parasite
- Parasitic skin infestation
- Skin infestation
- ECTOPARASITIC INFESTATIONS-. infestations by parasites which live on or burrow into the surface of their host's epidermis. most ectoparasites are arthropods.
- INFECTIONS-. invasion of the host organism by microorganisms or their toxins or by parasites that can cause pathological conditions or diseases.
- MITE INFESTATIONS-. infestations with arthropods of the subclass acari superorder acariformes.
- MYIASIS-. the invasion of living tissues of man and other mammals by dipterous larvae.
- LICE INFESTATIONS-. parasitic attack or subsistence on the skin by members of the order phthiraptera especially on humans by pediculus humanus of the family pediculidae. the hair of the head eyelashes and pubis is a frequent site of infestation. from dorland 28th ed; stedman 26th ed
- SCREW WORM INFECTION-. infection with larvae of the blow fly cochliomyia hominivorax callitroga americanum a common cause of disease in livestock in the southern and southwestern u.s.a.
- TICK INFESTATIONS-. infestations with soft bodied argasidae or hard bodied ixodidae ticks.
- FLEA INFESTATIONS-. parasitic attack by members of the order siphonaptera.
Diagnostic Related Groups - MS-DRG Mapping
Convert B88.9 to ICD-9 Code
The General Equivalency Mapping (GEM) crosswalk indicates an approximate mapping between the ICD-10 code B88.9 its ICD-9 equivalent. The approximate mapping means there is not an exact match between the ICD-10 code and the ICD-9 code and the mapped code is not a precise representation of the original code.
Information for Patients
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.
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