2021 ICD-10-CM Code L63

Alopecia areata

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

L63 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of alopecia areata. 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:L63
Short Description:Alopecia areata
Long Description:Alopecia areata

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Alopecia areata

Non-specific codes like L63 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 alopecia areata:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L63.0 for Alopecia (capitis) totalis
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L63.1 for Alopecia universalis
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L63.2 for Ophiasis
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L63.8 for Other alopecia areata
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L63.9 for Alopecia areata, unspecified

Clinical Information

Information for Patients


Hair Loss

Also called: Alopecia

You lose up to 100 hairs from your scalp every day. That's normal, and in most people, those hairs grow back. But many men -- and some women -- lose hair as they grow older. You can also lose your hair if you have certain diseases, such as thyroid problems, diabetes, or lupus. If you take certain medicines or have chemotherapy for cancer, you may also lose your hair. Other causes are stress, a low protein diet, a family history, or poor nutrition.

Treatment for hair loss depends on the cause. In some cases, treating the underlying cause will correct the problem. Other treatments include medicines and hair restoration.


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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)