ICD-10-CM Code I86.8

Varicose veins of other specified sites

Version 2020 Billable Code Adult Diagnoses

Valid for Submission

I86.8 is a billable code used to specify a medical diagnosis of varicose veins of other specified sites. The code is valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. The ICD-10-CM code I86.8 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like abdominal varicosities, abdominal wall veins distended, aneurysm of systemic vein, appearance of anal orifice - finding, chest wall veins distended, compression of vein, etc

The code I86.8 is applicable to adult patients aged 15 through 124 years inclusive. It is clinically and virtually impossible to use this code on a patient outside the stated age range.

Short Description:Varicose veins of other specified sites
Long Description:Varicose veins of other specified sites

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 I86.8:

Inclusion Terms

Inclusion Terms
These terms are the conditions for which that code is to be used. The terms may be synonyms of the code title, or, in the case of "other specified" codes, the terms are a list of the various conditions assigned to that code. The inclusion terms are not necessarily exhaustive. Additional terms found only in the Alphabetic Index may also be assigned to a code.
  • Varicose ulcer of nasal septum

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 I86.8 are found in the index:

Code Edits

The Medicare Code Editor (MCE) detects and reports errors in the coding of claims data. The following ICD-10 Code Edits are applicable to this code:

  • Adult diagnoses - Adult. Age range is 15–124 years inclusive (e.g., senile delirium, mature cataract).


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

  • Abdominal varicosities
  • Abdominal wall veins distended
  • Aneurysm of systemic vein
  • Appearance of anal orifice - finding
  • Chest wall veins distended
  • Compression of vein
  • Dilated subcutaneous veins
  • Distended epigastric veins
  • Distention of jugular vein
  • Distention of vein
  • Distention of veins around shoulder
  • Duodenal varices
  • Finding of appearance of anus
  • Internal jugular phlebectasia
  • Megaduodenum
  • Mesenteric varices
  • O/E - abdominal veins
  • O/E - caput medusae
  • O/E - chest wall veins
  • O/E - lateral abdo wall veins
  • O/E - vein
  • O/E - vein
  • O/E-chest wall veins distended
  • Oral varices
  • Orbital varix
  • Ovarian vein syndrome
  • Palmar varices
  • Perianal venous dilatation
  • Saccular dilatation of left superior caval vein
  • Saccular dilatation of right superior vena cava
  • Trunk varices
  • Varices of large intestine
  • Varices of small intestine
  • Varicose veins of nasal septum with ulcer
  • Varix of vocal cord

Diagnostic Related Groups

The ICD-10 code I86.8 is grouped in the following groups for version MS-DRG V37.0 What are Diagnostic Related Groups?
The Diagnostic Related Groups (DRGs) are a patient classification scheme which provides a means of relating the type of patients a hospital treats. The DRGs divides all possible principal diagnoses into mutually exclusive principal diagnosis areas referred to as Major Diagnostic Categories (MDC).
applicable from 10/01/2020 through 09/30/2020.


Convert I86.8 to ICD-9

  • 456.8 - Varices of other sites (Approximate Flag)

Code Classification

  • Diseases of the circulatory system (I00–I99)
    • Diseases of veins, lymphatic vessels and lymph nodes, not elsewhere classified (I80-I89)
      • Varicose veins of other sites (I86)

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

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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