Valid for Submission
L29.9 is a billable diagnosis code used to specify a medical diagnosis of pruritus, unspecified. The code L29.9 is valid during the fiscal year 2022 from October 01, 2021 through September 30, 2022 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.
The ICD-10-CM code L29.9 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like application site itching, cholestatic pruritus, dermatosis of menopause, generalized pruritus, generalized pruritus of unknown etiology , hemodialysis-associated pruritus, etc.
Unspecified diagnosis codes like L29.9 are acceptable when clinical information is unknown or not available about a particular condition. Although a more specific code is preferable, unspecified codes should be used when such codes most accurately reflect what is known about a patient's condition. Specific diagnosis codes should not be used if not supported by the patient's medical record.
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 L29.9:
Inclusion TermsInclusion Terms
These terms are the conditions for which that code is to be used. The terms may be synonyms of the code title, or, in the case of "other specified" codes, the terms are a list of the various conditions assigned to that code. The inclusion terms are not necessarily exhaustive. Additional terms found only in the Alphabetic Index may also be assigned to a code.
- Itch NOS
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 L29.9 are found in the index:
- - Pruritus, pruritic (essential) - L29.9
The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:
- Application site itching
- Cholestatic pruritus
- Dermatosis of menopause
- Generalized pruritus
- Generalized pruritus of unknown etiology
- Hemodialysis-associated pruritus
- Injection site itching
- Injection site pruritus
- Itching of lesion of skin
- Itching of pigmented skin lesion
- Itching of skin
- Postmenopausal pruritus
- Pruritus caused by drug
- Pruritus due to human immunodeficiency virus infection
- Pruritus due to systemic disorder
- Pruritus of skin
- PUVA-induced pruritus
- Uremic pruritus
- PRURITUS-. an intense itching sensation that produces the urge to rub or scratch the skin to obtain relief.
- PRURITUS ANI-. intense chronic itching in the anal area.
- PRURITUS VULVAE-. intense itching of the external female genitals.
Diagnostic Related Groups - MS-DRG Mapping
|MS-DRG||MS-DRG Title||MCD||Relative Weight|
|606||MINOR SKIN DISORDERS WITH MCC||09||1.511|
|607||MINOR SKIN DISORDERS WITHOUT MCC||09||0.8256|
The relative weight of a diagnostic related group determines the reimbursement rate based on the severity of a patient's illness and the associated cost of care during hospitalization.
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Information for Patients
What is itching?
Itching is an irritating sensation that makes you want to scratch your skin. Sometimes it can feel like pain, but it is different. Often, you feel itchy in one area in your body, but sometimes you may feel itching all over. Along with the itching, you may also have a rash or hives.
What causes itching?
Itching is a symptom of many health conditions. Some common causes are
- Allergic reactions to food, insect bites, pollen, and medicines
- Skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and dry skin
- Irritating chemicals, cosmetics, and other substances
- Parasites such as pinworms, scabies, head and body lice
- Liver, kidney, or thyroid diseases
- Certain cancers or cancer treatments
- Diseases that can affect the nervous system, such as diabetes and shingles
What are the treatments for itching?
Most itching is not serious. To feel better, you could try
- Applying cold compresses
- Using moisturizing lotions
- Taking lukewarm or oatmeal baths
- Using over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream or antihistamines
- Avoiding scratching, wearing irritating fabrics, and exposure to high heat and humidity
Contact your health care provider if your itching is severe, does not go away after a few weeks, or does not have an apparent cause. You may need other treatments, such as medicines or light therapy. If you have an underlying disease that is causing the itching, treating that disease may help.
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