2021 ICD-10-CM Code P91.8

Other specified disturbances of cerebral status of newborn

Version 2021
Replaced Code
Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

P91.8 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of other specified disturbances of cerebral status of newborn. The code 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:P91.8
Short Description:Other specified disturbances of cerebral status of newborn
Long Description:Other specified disturbances of cerebral status of newborn

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Other specified disturbances of cerebral status of newborn

Header codes like P91.8 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 other specified disturbances of cerebral status of newborn:

  • P91.81 - Neonatal encephalopathy
  • P91.811 - Neonatal encephalopathy in diseases classified elsewhere
  • P91.819 - Neonatal encephalopathy, unspecified
  • P91.82 - Neonatal cerebral infarction
  • P91.821 - Neonatal cerebral infarction, right side of brain
  • P91.822 - Neonatal cerebral infarction, left side of brain
  • P91.823 - Neonatal cerebral infarction, bilateral
  • P91.829 - Neonatal cerebral infarction, unspecified side
  • P91.88 - Other specified disturbances of cerebral status of newborn

Replaced Code

This code was replaced in the 2021 ICD-10 code set with the code(s) listed below. The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) has published an update to the ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes which became effective October 1, 2020. This code was replaced for the FY 2021 (October 1, 2020 - September 30, 2021).


  • P91.811 - Neonatal encephalopathy in diseases classified elsewhere
  • P91.811 - Neonatal encephalopathy in diseases classified elsewhere
  • P91.819 - Neonatal encephalopathy, unspecified
  • P91.819 - Neonatal encephalopathy, unspecified
  • P91.88 - Other specified disturbances of cerebral status of newborn
  • P91.88 - Other specified disturbances of cerebral status of newborn

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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)