Valid for Submission
D56.9 is a billable diagnosis code used to specify a medical diagnosis of thalassemia, unspecified. The code D56.9 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 D56.9 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like anemia in mother complicating childbirth, thalassemia, thalassemia in mother complicating childbirth, thalassemia in mother complicating pregnancy or thalassemia syndrome.
Unspecified diagnosis codes like D56.9 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 coding notes and guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more. The following references are applicable to the code D56.9:
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.
- Mediterranean anemia (with other hemoglobinopathy)
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 D56.9 are found in the index:
- - Anemia (essential) (general) (hemoglobin deficiency) (infantile) (primary) (profound) - D64.9
- - Arthritis, arthritic (acute) (chronic) (nonpyogenic) (subacute) - M19.90
- - Disease, diseased - See Also: Syndrome;
- - Leptocytosis, hereditary - D56.9
- - Rietti-Greppi-Micheli anemia - D56.9
- - Thalassemia (anemia) (disease) - D56.9
The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:
- Anemia in mother complicating childbirth
- Thalassemia in mother complicating childbirth
- Thalassemia in mother complicating pregnancy
- Thalassemia syndrome
- THALASSEMIA-. a group of hereditary hemolytic anemias in which there is decreased synthesis of one or more hemoglobin polypeptide chains. there are several genetic types with clinical pictures ranging from barely detectable hematologic abnormality to severe and fatal anemia.
- ALPHA THALASSEMIA-. a disorder characterized by reduced synthesis of the alpha chains of hemoglobin. the severity of this condition can vary from mild anemia to death depending on the number of genes deleted.
- BETA THALASSEMIA-. a disorder characterized by reduced synthesis of the beta chains of hemoglobin. there is retardation of hemoglobin a synthesis in the heterozygous form thalassemia minor which is asymptomatic while in the homozygous form thalassemia major cooley's anemia mediterranean anemia erythroblastic anemia which can result in severe complications and even death hemoglobin a synthesis is absent.
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Information for Patients
Also called: Cooley's anemia, Mediterranean anemia
Thalassemias are inherited blood disorders. If you have one, your body makes fewer healthy red blood cells and less hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is a protein that carries oxygen to the body. That leads to anemia. Thalassemias occur most often among people of Italian, Greek, Middle Eastern, Southern Asian, and African descent.
Thalassemias can be mild or severe. Some people have no symptoms or mild anemia. The most common severe type in the United States is called Cooley's anemia. It usually appears during the first two years of life. People with it may have severe anemia, slowed growth and delayed puberty, and problems with the spleen, liver, heart, or bones.
Doctors diagnose thalassemias using blood tests. Treatments include blood transfusions and treatment to remove excess iron from the body. If you have mild symptoms or no symptoms, you may not need treatment. In some severe cases, you may need a bone marrow transplant.
NIH: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
- Thalassemia (Medical Encyclopedia)
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