2021 ICD-10-CM Code G96.0

Cerebrospinal fluid leak

Version 2021
Replaced Code
Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

G96.0 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of cerebrospinal fluid leak. The code is NOT valid for the year 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. Category or Header define the heading of a category of codes that may be further subdivided by the use of 4th, 5th, 6th or 7th characters.

ICD-10:G96.0
Short Description:Cerebrospinal fluid leak
Long Description:Cerebrospinal fluid leak

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Cerebrospinal fluid leak

Header codes like G96.0 require more digits to indicate the appropriate level of specificity. Consider using any of the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity when coding for cerebrospinal fluid leak:

  • G96.00 - ... unspecified
  • G96.01 - Cranial cerebrospinal fluid leak, spontaneous
  • G96.02 - Spinal cerebrospinal fluid leak, spontaneous
  • G96.08 - Other cranial cerebrospinal fluid leak
  • G96.09 - Other spinal cerebrospinal fluid leak

Replaced Code

This code was replaced in the 2021 ICD-10 code set with the code(s) listed below. The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) has published an update to the ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes which became effective October 1, 2020. This code was replaced for the FY 2021 (October 1, 2020 - September 30, 2021).


  • G96.00 - Cerebrospinal fluid leak, unspecified
  • G96.01 - Cranial cerebrospinal fluid leak, spontaneous
  • G96.02 - Spinal cerebrospinal fluid leak, spontaneous
  • G96.08 - Other cranial cerebrospinal fluid leak
  • G96.09 - Other spinal cerebrospinal fluid leak

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 G96.0:


Code Also

Code Also
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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

Convert G96.0 to ICD-9 Code

The General Equivalency Mapping (GEM) crosswalk indicates an approximate mapping between the ICD-10 code G96.0 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


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Code History

  • FY 2021 - Code Deleted, effective from 10/1/2020 through 9/30/2021
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016 (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)