ICD-10-CM Code E70.3


Version 2021 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

E70.3 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of albinism. The code is NOT valid for the year 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

Short Description:Albinism
Long Description:Albinism

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

  • E70.30 - ... unspecified
  • E70.31 - Ocular albinism
  • E70.310 - X-linked ocular albinism
  • E70.311 - Autosomal recessive ocular albinism
  • E70.318 - Other ocular albinism
  • E70.319 - Ocular albinism, unspecified
  • E70.32 - Oculocutaneous albinism
  • E70.320 - Tyrosinase negative oculocutaneous albinism
  • E70.321 - Tyrosinase positive oculocutaneous albinism
  • E70.328 - Other oculocutaneous albinism
  • E70.329 - Oculocutaneous albinism, unspecified
  • E70.33 - Albinism with hematologic abnormality
  • E70.330 - Chediak-Higashi syndrome
  • E70.331 - Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome
  • E70.338 - Other albinism with hematologic abnormality
  • E70.339 - Albinism with hematologic abnormality, unspecified
  • E70.39 - Other specified albinism

Clinical Information

  • ALBINISM-. general term for a number of inherited defects of amino acid metabolism in which there is a deficiency or absence of pigment in the eyes skin or hair.
  • ALBINISM OCULOCUTANEOUS-. heterogeneous group of autosomal recessive disorders comprising at least four recognized types all having in common varying degrees of hypopigmentation of the skin hair and eyes. the two most common are the tyrosinase positive and tyrosinase negative types.
  • PIEBALDISM-. autosomal dominant congenital disorder characterized by localized hypomelanosis of the skin and hair. the most familiar feature is a white forelock presenting in 80 to 90 percent of the patients. the underlying defect is possibly related to the differentiation and migration of melanoblasts as well as to defective development of the neural crest neurocristopathy. piebaldism may be closely related to waardenburg syndrome.
  • ALBINISM OCULAR-. albinism affecting the eye in which pigment of the hair and skin is normal or only slightly diluted. the classic type is x linked nettleship falls but an autosomal recessive form also exists. ocular abnormalities may include reduced pigmentation of the iris nystagmus photophobia strabismus and decreased visual acuity.

Code Classification

  • Endocrine, nutritional and metabolic diseases (E00–E90)
    • Metabolic disorders (E70-E88)
      • Disorders of aromatic amino-acid metabolism (E70)

Code History

  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016
    (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA 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
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020
  • FY 2021 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2020 through 9/30/2021

Information for Patients

Skin Pigmentation Disorders

Also called: Hyperpigmentation, Hypopigmentation

Pigmentation means coloring. Skin pigmentation disorders affect the color of your skin. Your skin gets its color from a pigment called melanin. Special cells in the skin make melanin. When these cells become damaged or unhealthy, it affects melanin production. Some pigmentation disorders affect just patches of skin. Others affect your entire body.

If your body makes too much melanin, your skin gets darker. Pregnancy, Addison's disease, and sun exposure all can make your skin darker. If your body makes too little melanin, your skin gets lighter. Vitiligo is a condition that causes patches of light skin. Albinism is a genetic condition affecting a person's skin. A person with albinism may have no color, lighter than normal skin color, or patchy missing skin color. Infections, blisters and burns can also cause lighter skin.

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