2022 ICD-10-CM Code H44.0

Purulent endophthalmitis

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

ICD-10:H44.0
Short Description:Purulent endophthalmitis
Long Description:Purulent endophthalmitis

Code Classification

  • Diseases of the eye and adnexa (H00–H59)
    • Disorders of vitreous body and globe (H43-H44)
      • Disorders of globe (H44)

H44.0 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of purulent endophthalmitis. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2022 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.

Specific Coding for Purulent endophthalmitis

Non-specific codes like H44.0 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 purulent endophthalmitis:

  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H44.00 for Unspecified purulent endophthalmitis
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H44.001 for Unspecified purulent endophthalmitis, right eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H44.002 for Unspecified purulent endophthalmitis, left eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H44.003 for Unspecified purulent endophthalmitis, bilateral
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H44.009 for Unspecified purulent endophthalmitis, unspecified eye
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H44.01 for Panophthalmitis (acute)
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H44.011 for Panophthalmitis (acute), right eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H44.012 for Panophthalmitis (acute), left eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H44.013 for Panophthalmitis (acute), bilateral
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H44.019 for Panophthalmitis (acute), unspecified eye
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H44.02 for Vitreous abscess (chronic)
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H44.021 for Vitreous abscess (chronic), right eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H44.022 for Vitreous abscess (chronic), left eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H44.023 for Vitreous abscess (chronic), bilateral
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H44.029 for Vitreous abscess (chronic), unspecified eye

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 H44.0:


Use Additional Code

Use Additional Code
The “use additional code” indicates that a secondary code could be used to further specify the patient’s condition. This note is not mandatory and is only used if enough information is available to assign an additional code.

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.

Information for Patients


Eye Infections

Your eyes can get infections from bacteria, fungi, or viruses. Eye infections can occur in different parts of the eye and can affect just one eye or both. Two common eye infections are

Symptoms of eye infections may include redness, itching, swelling, discharge, pain, or problems with vision. Treatment depends on the cause of the infection and may include compresses, eye drops, creams, or antibiotics.


[Learn More in MedlinePlus]

Code History

  • FY 2021 - No Change, 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)