ICD-10-CM Code F40.298

Other specified phobia

Version 2020 Billable Code

Valid for Submission

F40.298 is a billable code used to specify a medical diagnosis of other specified phobia. The code is valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. The ICD-10-CM code F40.298 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like algophobia, bromhidrosiphobia, bromisodrophobia, cutaneous hypochondriasis, cutaneous hypochondriasis, cutaneous hypochondriasis, etc

Short Description:Other specified phobia
Long Description:Other specified phobia

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 F40.298 are found in the index:


The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:

  • Algophobia
  • Bromhidrosiphobia
  • Bromisodrophobia
  • Cutaneous hypochondriasis
  • Cutaneous hypochondriasis
  • Cutaneous hypochondriasis
  • Cutaneous hypochondriasis
  • Erotophobia
  • Examination fear
  • Fear associated with illness and body function
  • Fear of abuse
  • Fear of activities in public
  • Fear of being left alone
  • Fear of being left alone during period of dependence
  • Fear of cancer of endocrine system
  • Fear of cancer of respiratory system
  • Fear of cardiovascular disease
  • Fear of choking
  • Fear of complications of pregnancy
  • Fear of contracting disease
  • Fear of contracting HIV infection
  • Fear of contracting radiation sickness
  • Fear of contracting venereal disease
  • Fear of deafness
  • Fear of death
  • Fear of disconnection from ventilator
  • Fear of drinking liquids due to dysphagia
  • Fear of ear disease
  • Fear of eating in public
  • Fear of endocrine disease
  • Fear of feathers
  • Fear of getting cancer
  • Fear of ghosts
  • Fear of going crazy
  • Fear of going out
  • Fear of having a heart attack
  • Fear of having cancer of digestive system
  • Fear of having digestive disease
  • Fear of heart attack
  • Fear of heart disease
  • Fear of hematological cancer
  • Fear of hematological disease
  • Fear of hypertension
  • Fear of infection
  • Fear of losing control of bowels
  • Fear of losing control of bowels in public
  • Fear of mental disorder
  • Fear of metabolic disease
  • Fear of musculoskeletal cancer
  • Fear of musculoskeletal disease
  • Fear of needles
  • Fear of neurological disease
  • Fear of nutritional disease
  • Fear of pregnancy
  • Fear of reaction regarding family planning choices
  • Fear of respiratory disease
  • Fear of surgical masks
  • Fear of swallowing
  • Fear of sweating
  • Fear of the bogey man
  • Fear of urinary disease
  • Fear of wetting self
  • Fear of wetting self in public
  • Fear relating to body function
  • Heightened global phobia
  • Microphobia
  • Noise phobia
  • Performance anxiety
  • Phobic fear of skin cancer
  • Phonophobia
  • Ponophobia
  • Pyrophobia
  • Simple phobia
  • Syphilophobia
  • Taphophobia
  • Teratophobia
  • Theophobia
  • Tocophobia
  • Toxicophobia
  • Trichophobia
  • Venereophobia
  • Xenophobia

Convert F40.298 to ICD-9

  • 300.29 - Isolated/spec phobia NEC (Approximate Flag)

Code Classification

  • Mental and behavioural disorders (F00–F99)
    • Anxiety, dissociative, stress-related, somatoform and other nonpsychotic mental disorders (F40-F48)
      • Phobic anxiety disorders (F40)

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

Information for Patients


A phobia is a type of anxiety disorder. It is a strong, irrational fear of something that poses little or no real danger.

There are many specific phobias. Acrophobia is a fear of heights. Agoraphobia is a fear of public places, and claustrophobia is a fear of closed-in places. If you become anxious and extremely self-conscious in everyday social situations, you could have a social phobia. Other common phobias involve tunnels, highway driving, water, flying, animals and blood.

People with phobias try to avoid what they are afraid of. If they cannot, they may experience

  • Panic and fear
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Trembling
  • A strong desire to get away

Phobias usually start in children or teens, and continue into adulthood. The causes of specific phobias are not known, but they sometimes run in families.

Treatment helps most people with phobias. Options include medicines, therapy or both.

NIH: National Institute of Mental Health

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