2021 ICD-10-CM Code I83.9

Asymptomatic varicose veins of lower extremities

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

I83.9 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of asymptomatic varicose veins of lower extremities. The code is not specific and 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:I83.9
Short Description:Asymptomatic varicose veins of lower extremities
Long Description:Asymptomatic varicose veins of lower extremities

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Asymptomatic varicose veins of lower extremities

Non-specific codes like I83.9 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 asymptomatic varicose veins of lower extremities:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use I83.90 for Asymptomatic varicose veins of unspecified lower extremity
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use I83.91 for Asymptomatic varicose veins of right lower extremity
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use I83.92 for Asymptomatic varicose veins of left lower extremity
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use I83.93 for Asymptomatic varicose veins of bilateral lower extremities

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 I83.9:


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Index to Diseases and Injuries

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Information for Patients


Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are swollen, twisted veins that you can see just under the skin. They usually occur in the legs, but also can form in other parts of the body. Hemorrhoids are a type of varicose vein.

Your veins have one-way valves that help keep blood flowing toward your heart. If the valves are weak or damaged, blood can back up and pool in your veins. This causes the veins to swell, which can lead to varicose veins.

Varicose veins are very common. You are more at risk if you are older, are female, have obesity, don't exercise, or have a family history of varicose veins. They can also be more common in pregnancy.

Doctors often diagnose varicose veins from a physical exam. Sometimes you may need additional tests.

Exercising, losing weight, elevating your legs when resting, and not crossing them when sitting can help keep varicose veins from getting worse. Wearing loose clothing and avoiding long periods of standing can also help. If varicose veins are painful or you don't like the way they look, your doctor may recommend procedures to remove them.

NIH: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute


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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)