ICD-10-CM Code L08.89

Other specified local infections of the skin and subcutaneous tissue

Version 2020 Billable Code

Valid for Submission

L08.89 is a billable code used to specify a medical diagnosis of other specified local infections of the skin and subcutaneous tissue. The code is valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. The ICD-10-CM code L08.89 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like abnormal granulation tissue, botryomycosis, brucellosis, brucellosis of skin, cutaneous botryomycosis, cutaneous pythiosis, etc

Short Description:Oth local infections of the skin and subcutaneous tissue
Long Description:Other specified local infections of the skin and subcutaneous tissue

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 L08.89 are found in the index:


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

  • Abnormal granulation tissue
  • Botryomycosis
  • Brucellosis
  • Brucellosis of skin
  • Cutaneous botryomycosis
  • Cutaneous pythiosis
  • Dactylitis
  • Dermatitis vegetans
  • Exanthematous infectious disease
  • Fusobacterium infection of skin
  • Herpes simplex infection of skin
  • Infection by Oomycetes
  • Infection by Pythium
  • Infection due to Fusobacterium
  • Infection of sebaceous cyst
  • Infections specific to perinatal period
  • Knight's disease
  • Nematode infestation of skin
  • O/E - sinus in skin
  • O/E - suppuration skin sinus
  • Perinatal skin and subcutaneous infections
  • Perineal sinus
  • Pitted keratolysis
  • Pseudomonas septicemia with skin involvement
  • Sepsis due to Pseudomonas
  • Staphylococcal botryomycosis
  • Staphylococcal infection of skin
  • Trichomoniasis affecting skin
  • Trypanosomal chancre
  • Trypanosomiasis affecting skin
  • Trypanosomiasis affecting skin

Diagnostic Related Groups

The ICD-10 code L08.89 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 10/01/2019 through 09/30/2020.


Convert L08.89 to ICD-9

  • 686.09 - Pyoderma NEC (Approximate Flag)
  • 686.8 - Local skin infection NEC (Approximate Flag)

Code Classification

  • Diseases of the skin and subcutaneous tissue (L00ā€“L99)
    • Infections of the skin and subcutaneous tissue (L00-L08)
      • Other local infections of skin and subcutaneous tissue (L08)

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

Skin Infections

What are skin infections?

Your skin is your body's largest organ. It has many different functions, including covering and protecting your body. It helps keep germs out. But sometimes the germs can cause a skin infection. This often happens when there is a break, cut, or wound on your skin. It can also happen when your immune system is weakened, because of another disease or a medical treatment.

Some skin infections cover a small area on the top of your skin. Other infections can go deep into your skin or spread to a larger area.

What causes skin infections?

Skin infections are caused by different kinds of germs. For example,

  • Bacteria cause cellulitis, impetigo, and staphylococcal (staph) infections
  • Viruses cause shingles, warts, and herpes simplex
  • Fungi cause athlete's foot and yeast infections
  • Parasites cause body lice, head lice, and scabies

Who is at risk for skin infections?

You are at a higher risk for a skin infection if you

  • Have poor circulation
  • Have diabetes
  • Are older
  • Have an immune system disease, such as HIV/AIDS
  • Have a weakened immune system because of chemotherapy or other medicines that suppress your immune system
  • Have to stay in one position for a long time, such as if you are sick and have to stay in bed for a long time or you are paralyzed
  • Are malnourished
  • Have excessive skinfolds, which can happen if you have obesity

What are the symptoms of skin infections?

The symptoms depend on the type of infection. Some symptoms that are common to many skin infections include rashes, swelling, redness, pain, pus, and itching.

How are skin infections diagnosed?

To diagnose a skin infection, health care providers will do a physical exam and ask about your symptoms. You may have lab tests, such as a skin culture. This is a test to identify what type of infection you have, using a sample from your skin. Your provider may take the sample by swabbing or scraping your skin, or removing a small piece of skin (biopsy). Sometimes providers use other tests, such as blood tests.

How are skin infections treated?

The treatment depends on the type of infection and how serious it is. Some infections will go away on their own. When you do need treatment, it may include a cream or lotion to put on the skin. Other possible treatments include medicines and a procedure to drain pus.

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