ICD-10 Diagnosis Code L02.81

Cutaneous abscess of other sites

Diagnosis Code L02.81

ICD-10: L02.81
Short Description: Cutaneous abscess of other sites
Long Description: Cutaneous abscess of other sites
This is the 2018 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code L02.81

Not Valid for Submission
The code L02.81 is a "header" and not valid for submission for HIPAA-covered transactions.

Code Classification
  • Diseases of the skin and subcutaneous tissue (L00–L99)
    • Infections of the skin and subcutaneous tissue (L00-L08)
      • Cutaneous abscess, furuncle and carbuncle (L02)

Information for Patients


Abscess

An abscess is a pocket of pus. You can get an abscess almost anywhere in your body. When an area of your body becomes infected, your body's immune system tries to fight the infection. White blood cells go to the infected area, collect within the damaged tissue, and cause inflammation. During this process, pus forms. Pus is a mixture of living and dead white blood cells, germs, and dead tissue.

Bacteria, viruses, parasites and swallowed objects can all lead to abscesses. Skin abscesses are easy to detect. They are red, raised and painful. Abscesses inside your body may not be obvious and can damage organs, including the brain, lungs and others. Treatments include drainage and antibiotics.

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ICD-10 Footnotes

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