2021 ICD-10-CM Code R85.61

Abnormal cytologic smear of anus

Version 2021
Non-Billable Code
No Valid Principal Dx

Not Valid for Submission

R85.61 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of abnormal cytologic smear of anus. 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:R85.61
Short Description:Abnormal cytologic smear of anus
Long Description:Abnormal cytologic smear of anus

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Abnormal cytologic smear of anus

Header codes like R85.61 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 abnormal cytologic smear of anus:

  • R85.610 - Atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance on cytologic smear of anus (ASC-US)
  • R85.611 - Atypical squamous cells cannot exclude high grade squamous intraepithelial lesion on cytologic smear of anus (ASC-H)
  • R85.612 - Low grade squamous intraepithelial lesion on cytologic smear of anus (LGSIL)
  • R85.613 - High grade squamous intraepithelial lesion on cytologic smear of anus (HGSIL)
  • R85.614 - Cytologic evidence of malignancy on smear of anus
  • R85.615 - Unsatisfactory cytologic smear of anus
  • R85.616 - Satisfactory anal smear but lacking transformation zone
  • R85.618 - Other abnormal cytological findings on specimens from anus
  • R85.619 - Unspecified abnormal cytological findings in specimens from anus

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 R85.61:


Type 1 Excludes

Type 1 Excludes
A type 1 excludes note is a pure excludes note. It means "NOT CODED HERE!" An Excludes1 note indicates that the code excluded should never be used at the same time as the code above the Excludes1 note. An Excludes1 is used when two conditions cannot occur together, such as a congenital form versus an acquired form of the same condition.

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.

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)