2021 ICD-10-CM Code L03.0

Cellulitis and acute lymphangitis of finger and toe

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

L03.0 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of cellulitis and acute lymphangitis of finger and toe. 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:L03.0
Short Description:Cellulitis and acute lymphangitis of finger and toe
Long Description:Cellulitis and acute lymphangitis of finger and toe

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Cellulitis and acute lymphangitis of finger and toe

Non-specific codes like L03.0 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 cellulitis and acute lymphangitis of finger and toe:

  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - L03.01 for Cellulitis of finger
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L03.011 for Cellulitis of right finger
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L03.012 for Cellulitis of left finger
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L03.019 for Cellulitis of unspecified finger
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - L03.02 for Acute lymphangitis of finger
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L03.021 for Acute lymphangitis of right finger
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L03.022 for Acute lymphangitis of left finger
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L03.029 for Acute lymphangitis of unspecified finger
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - L03.03 for Cellulitis of toe
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L03.031 for Cellulitis of right toe
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L03.032 for Cellulitis of left toe
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L03.039 for Cellulitis of unspecified toe
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - L03.04 for Acute lymphangitis of toe
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L03.041 for Acute lymphangitis of right toe
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L03.042 for Acute lymphangitis of left toe
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L03.049 for Acute lymphangitis of unspecified toe

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 L03.0:


Inclusion Terms

Inclusion Terms
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Information for Patients


Cellulitis

Cellulitis is an infection of the skin and deep underlying tissues. Group A strep (streptococcal) bacteria are the most common cause. The bacteria enter your body when you get an injury such as a bruise, burn, surgical cut, or wound.

Symptoms include

Your health care provider may take a sample or culture from your skin or do a blood test to identify the bacteria causing infection. Treatment is with antibiotics. They may be oral in mild cases, or intravenous (by IV) for more severe cases.

NIH: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases


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Lymphatic Diseases

The lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs. It is made up of

Your bone marrow and thymus produce the cells in lymph. They are part of the system, too.

The lymphatic system clears away infection and keeps your body fluids in balance. If it's not working properly, fluid builds in your tissues and causes swelling, called lymphedema. Other lymphatic system problems can include infections, blockage, and cancer.


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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)