ICD-10-CM Code L21.1

Seborrheic infantile dermatitis

Version 2020 Billable Code Pediatric Diagnoses

Valid for Submission

L21.1 is a billable code used to specify a medical diagnosis of seborrheic infantile dermatitis. The code is valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. The ICD-10-CM code L21.1 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like acute seborrheic dermatitis, chronic seborrheic dermatitis, facial seborrheic dermatitis, generalized seborrheic dermatitis of infants, infantile seborrheic dermatitis, primary seborrhea, etc

The code L21.1 is applicable for patients aged 0 through 17 years inclusive. It is clinically and virtually impossible to use this code on a patient outside the stated age range.

ICD-10:L21.1
Short Description:Seborrheic infantile dermatitis
Long Description:Seborrheic infantile dermatitis

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 L21.1 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:

  • Pediatric diagnoses - Pediatric. Age range is 0–17 years inclusive (e.g., Reye’s syndrome, routine child health exam).

Synonyms

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

  • Acute seborrheic dermatitis
  • Chronic seborrheic dermatitis
  • Facial seborrheic dermatitis
  • Generalized seborrheic dermatitis of infants
  • Infantile seborrheic dermatitis
  • Primary seborrhea
  • Sebaceous hyperplasia
  • Seborrhea
  • Seborrhea adiposa
  • Seborrhea corporis
  • Seborrhea faciei
  • Seborrhea nasi
  • Seborrheic blepharitis
  • Seborrheic dermatitis
  • Seborrheic eczema-like eruption
  • Truncal seborrheic dermatitis

Diagnostic Related Groups

The ICD-10 code L21.1 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.

  • 606 - MINOR SKIN DISORDERS WITH MCC
  • 607 - MINOR SKIN DISORDERS WITHOUT MCC

Convert L21.1 to ICD-9

  • 690.12 - Sbrheic infantl drmtitis (Approximate Flag)

Code Classification

  • Diseases of the skin and subcutaneous tissue (L00–L99)
    • Dermatitis and eczema (L20-L30)
      • Seborrheic dermatitis (L21)

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


Dandruff, Cradle Cap, and Other Scalp Conditions

Your scalp is the skin on the top of your head. Unless you have hair loss, hair grows on your scalp. Different skin problems can affect your scalp.

Dandruff is a flaking of the skin. The flakes are yellow or white. Dandruff may make your scalp feel itchy. It usually starts after puberty, and is more common in men. Dandruff is usually a symptom of seborrheic dermatitis, or seborrhea. It is a skin condition that can also cause redness and irritation of the skin.

Most of the time, using a dandruff shampoo can help control your dandruff. If that does not work, contact your health care provider.

There is a type of seborrheic dermatitis that babies can get. It is called cradle cap. It usually lasts a few months, and then goes away on its own. Besides the scalp, it can sometimes affect other parts of the body, such as the eyelids, armpits, groin, and ears. Normally, washing your baby's hair every day with a mild shampoo and gently rubbing their scalp with your fingers or a soft brush can help. For severe cases, your health care provider may give you a prescription shampoo or cream to use.

Other problems that can affect the scalp include

  • Scalp ringworm, a fungal infection that causes itchy, red patches on your head. It can also leave bald spots. It usually affects children.
  • Scalp psoriasis, which causes itchy or sore patches of thick, red skin with silvery scales. About half of the people with psoriasis have it on their scalp.

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