Not Valid for Submission
L12 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of pemphigoid. 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.
Specific Coding for Pemphigoid
Non-specific codes like L12 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 pemphigoid:
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 L12:
Type 1 ExcludesType 1 Excludes
A type 1 excludes note is a pure excludes note. It means "NOT CODED HERE!" An Excludes1 note indicates that the code excluded should never be used at the same time as the code above the Excludes1 note. An Excludes1 is used when two conditions cannot occur together, such as a congenital form versus an acquired form of the same condition.
- PEMPHIGOID GESTATIONIS-. an itching autoimmune bullous skin disease that occurs during the last two trimesters of pregnancy and puerperium. it also affects non pregnant females with tissue of placenta origin such as choriocarcinoma; or hydatidiform mole. it exhibits antigenic and clinical similarity to bullous pemphigoid pemphigoid bullous. this disease does not involve herpes viruses old name herpes gestationis.
- PEMPHIGOID BENIGN MUCOUS MEMBRANE-. a chronic blistering disease with predilection for mucous membranes and less frequently the skin and with a tendency to scarring. it is sometimes called ocular pemphigoid because of conjunctival mucous membrane involvement.
- PEMPHIGOID BULLOUS-. a chronic and relatively benign subepidermal blistering disease usually of the elderly and without histopathologic acantholysis.
Information for Patients
Pemphigus is an autoimmune disorder. If you have it, your immune system attacks healthy cells in your skin and mouth, causing blisters and sores. No one knows the cause. Pemphigus does not spread from person to person. It does not appear to be inherited. But some people's genes put them more at risk for pemphigus.
Pemphigoid is also an autoimmune skin disease. It leads to deep blisters that do not break easily. Pemphigoid is most common in older adults and may be fatal for older, sick patients.
Doctors diagnose pemphigus with a physical exam, a biopsy, and blood tests. The treatment of pemphigus and pemphigoid is the same: one or more medicines to control symptoms. These may include
- Steroids, which reduce inflammation
- Drugs that suppress the immune system response
- Antibiotics to treat associated infections
NIH: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
- Bullous pemphigoid (Medical Encyclopedia)
- Pemphigus vulgaris (Medical Encyclopedia)
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