2022 ICD-10-CM Code H47.51

Disorders of visual pathways in (due to) inflammatory disorders

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

ICD-10:H47.51
Short Description:Disorders of visual pathways in (due to) inflam disorders
Long Description:Disorders of visual pathways in (due to) inflammatory disorders

Code Classification

  • Diseases of the eye and adnexa (H00–H59)
    • Disorders of optic nerve and visual pathways (H46-H47)
      • Other disorders of optic [2nd] nerve and visual pathways (H47)

H47.51 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of disorders of visual pathways in (due to) inflammatory disorders. 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 Disorders of visual pathways in (due to) inflam disorders

Non-specific codes like H47.51 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 disorders of visual pathways in (due to) inflam disorders:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H47.511 for Disorders of visual pathways in (due to) inflammatory disorders, right side
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H47.512 for Disorders of visual pathways in (due to) inflammatory disorders, left side
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H47.519 for Disorders of visual pathways in (due to) inflammatory disorders, unspecified side

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 H47.51 are found in the index:

Information for Patients


Vision Impairment and Blindness

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The sooner vision loss or eye disease is found and treated, the greater your chances of keeping your remaining vision. You should have regular comprehensive eye exams by an eye care professional.

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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)