ICD-10-CM Code E70.32

Oculocutaneous albinism

Version 2021 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

E70.32 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of oculocutaneous albinism. The code is NOT valid for the year 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:E70.32
Short Description:Oculocutaneous albinism
Long Description:Oculocutaneous albinism

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

  • E70.320 - Tyrosinase negative oculocutaneous albinism
  • E70.321 - Tyrosinase positive oculocutaneous albinism
  • E70.328 - Other oculocutaneous albinism
  • E70.329 - ... unspecified

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 E70.32:

Type 1 Excludes

Type 1 Excludes
A type 1 excludes note is a pure excludes note. It means "NOT CODED HERE!" An Excludes1 note indicates that the code excluded should never be used at the same time as the code above the Excludes1 note. An Excludes1 is used when two conditions cannot occur together, such as a congenital form versus an acquired form of the same condition.

Clinical Information

  • CHEDIAK HIGASHI SYNDROME-. a form of phagocyte bactericidal dysfunction characterized by unusual oculocutaneous albinism high incidence of lymphoreticular neoplasms and recurrent pyogenic infections. in many cell types abnormal lysosomes are present leading to defective pigment distribution and abnormal neutrophil functions. the disease is transmitted by autosomal recessive inheritance and a similar disorder occurs in the beige mouse the aleutian mink and albino hereford cattle.
  • 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.

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


Eye Diseases

Some eye problems are minor and don't last long. But some can lead to a permanent loss of vision.

Common eye problems include

  • Refractive errors
  • Cataracts - clouded lenses
  • Optic nerve disorders, including glaucoma
  • Retinal disorders - problems with the nerve layer at the back of the eye
  • Macular degeneration - a disease that destroys sharp, central vision
  • Diabetic eye problems
  • Conjunctivitis - an infection also known as pinkeye

Your best defense is to have regular checkups, because eye diseases do not always have symptoms. Early detection and treatment could prevent vision loss. See an eye care professional right away if you have a sudden change in vision, if everything looks dim, or if you see flashes of light. Other symptoms that need quick attention are pain, double vision, fluid coming from the eye, and inflammation.

NIH: National Eye Institute

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  • Eye and orbit ultrasound (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Eye burning - itching and discharge (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Eye pain (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Eye redness (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Fluorescein angiography (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Fluorescein eye stain (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Heterochromia (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Ophthalmoscopy (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Orbit CT scan (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Orbital pseudotumor (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Photophobia (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Pinguecula (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Pterygium (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Pupil - white spots (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Scleritis (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Slit-lamp exam (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Standard ophthalmic exam (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Subconjunctival hemorrhage (Medical Encyclopedia)
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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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  • Melasma (Medical Encyclopedia)
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  • Skin color - patchy (Medical Encyclopedia)
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Oculocutaneous albinism Oculocutaneous albinism is a group of conditions that affect coloring (pigmentation) of the skin, hair, and eyes. Affected individuals typically have very fair skin and white or light-colored hair. Long-term sun exposure greatly increases the risk of skin damage and skin cancers, including an aggressive form of skin cancer called melanoma, in people with this condition. Oculocutaneous albinism also reduces pigmentation of the colored part of the eye (the iris) and the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye (the retina). People with this condition usually have vision problems such as reduced sharpness; rapid, involuntary eye movements (nystagmus); and increased sensitivity to light (photophobia).Researchers have identified multiple types of oculocutaneous albinism, which are distinguished by their specific skin, hair, and eye color changes and by their genetic cause. Oculocutaneous albinism type 1 is characterized by white hair, very pale skin, and light-colored irises. Type 2 is typically less severe than type 1; the skin is usually a creamy white color and hair may be light yellow, blond, or light brown. Type 3 includes a form of albinism called rufous oculocutaneous albinism, which usually affects dark-skinned people. Affected individuals have reddish-brown skin, ginger or red hair, and hazel or brown irises. Type 3 is often associated with milder vision abnormalities than the other forms of oculocutaneous albinism. Type 4 has signs and symptoms similar to those seen with type 2.Several additional types of this disorder have been proposed, each affecting one or a few families.
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