ICD-10-CM Code L90.5

Scar conditions and fibrosis of skin

Version 2021 Billable Code

Valid for Submission

L90.5 is a billable code used to specify a medical diagnosis of scar conditions and fibrosis of skin. The code is valid for the fiscal year 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. The ICD-10-CM code L90.5 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like abdominal skin scar, acne scar, acne scars - mixed atrophic and hypertrophic, adherent scar, atrophic acne scar, atrophic scar, etc

Short Description:Scar conditions and fibrosis of skin
Long Description:Scar conditions and fibrosis of skin

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 guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more. The following references are applicable to the code L90.5:

Inclusion Terms

Inclusion 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.
  • Adherent scar (skin)
  • Cicatrix
  • Disfigurement of skin due to scar
  • Fibrosis of skin NOS
  • Scar NOS

Type 2 Excludes

Type 2 Excludes
A type 2 excludes note represents "Not included here". An excludes2 note indicates that the condition excluded is not part of the condition represented by the code, but a patient may have both conditions at the same time. When an Excludes2 note appears under a code, it is acceptable to use both the code and the excluded code together, when appropriate.

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 L90.5 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:

  • Abdominal skin scar
  • Acne scar
  • Acne scars - mixed atrophic and hypertrophic
  • Adherent scar
  • Atrophic acne scar
  • Atrophic scar
  • Atrophic scarring of cheeks
  • Atrophic surgical scar
  • Aural scar
  • Burn contracture of skin
  • Burn scar
  • Cicatrix of lower limb
  • Complication of cryotherapy procedure
  • Complication of laser surgery
  • Contracture of joint of finger
  • Contracture of joint of finger co-occurrent and due to scar
  • Contracture of joint of finger of left hand due to scar
  • Contracture of joint of finger of right hand due to scar
  • Contracture of joint of hand
  • Contracture of joint of left hand
  • Contracture of joint of right hand
  • Contracture scar
  • Contracture scar of skin
  • Dirt engrained scar
  • Disorder of periapical tissues of tooth
  • Endaural scar
  • Exuberant cicatrix
  • Fibro-osseous pseudotumor
  • Fibro-osseous pseudotumor of skin of digit
  • Fibrosis of subcutaneous tissue
  • Fibrosis of the skin
  • Fibrotic disorder of skin
  • Hypomelanosis due to scarring
  • Hypopigmented scar
  • Ice-pick acne scar
  • Inflammation of scar
  • Laryngeal scar
  • Laryngeal scar
  • Laryngectomy scar
  • Laser-induced scar
  • Lesion of larynx
  • Mature scar
  • O/E - abdominal scar
  • O/E - injury scar
  • O/E - operation scar
  • O/E - skin scar
  • O/E - suppuration scar
  • O/E: BCG scar present
  • Painful scar
  • Periapical fibrous scar
  • Pigmented scar
  • Polyfibromatosis syndrome
  • Postauricular scar
  • Post-herpetic scar
  • Post-inflammatory scarring
  • Post-traumatic scar
  • Post-traumatic scar
  • Post-traumatic scar
  • Progressive nodular fibrosis of skin
  • Reactive fibrous tissue proliferation
  • Scar
  • Scar conditions and fibrosis of skin
  • Scar of eyelid
  • Scar of face
  • Scar of hand
  • Scar of skin
  • Scar of submandibular area
  • Scarring after injury
  • Scarring after injury
  • Scarring after injury
  • Scarring after injury
  • Scarring due to cryotherapy
  • Scarring due to treatment
  • Scarring of lid
  • Scarring of skin due to Bacillus Calmette-Guerin immunization
  • Stiff skin syndrome
  • Stretched scar
  • Superficial fibromatosis
  • Surgical scar
  • Surgical scar finding
  • Surgical scar finding
  • Surgical scar finding
  • Symptomatic scar of skin
  • Tender scar
  • Tracheostomy scar
  • Ugly scar
  • Unsatisfactory cosmetic appearance of surgical scar
  • Widening of scar of skin following surgical procedure
  • Wound scar
  • Wound scar
  • Wound scar

Diagnostic Related Groups

The ICD-10 code L90.5 is grouped in the following groups for version MS-DRG V38.0 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 09/30/2021.


Convert L90.5 to ICD-9

  • 709.2 - Scar & fibrosis of skin

Code Classification

  • Diseases of the skin and subcutaneous tissue (L00–L99)
    • Other disorders of the skin and subcutaneous tissue (L80-L99)
      • Atrophic disorders of skin (L90)

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
  • FY 2021 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2020 through 9/30/2021

Information for Patients

Skin Conditions

Also called: Cutaneous disorders, Dermatologic disorders

Your skin is your body's largest organ. It covers and protects your body. Your skin

  • Holds body fluids in, preventing dehydration
  • Keeps harmful microbes out, preventing infections
  • Helps you feel things like heat, cold, and pain
  • Keeps your body temperature even
  • Makes vitamin D when the sun shines on it

Anything that irritates, clogs, or inflames your skin can cause symptoms such as redness, swelling, burning, and itching. Allergies, irritants, your genetic makeup, and certain diseases and immune system problems can cause rashes, hives, and other skin conditions. Many skin problems, such as acne, also affect your appearance.

NIH: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

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