2021 ICD-10-CM Code R87.61

Abnormal cytological findings in specimens from cervix uteri

Version 2021
Non-Billable Code
No Valid Principal Dx

Not Valid for Submission

R87.61 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 cytological findings in specimens from cervix uteri. 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:R87.61
Short Description:Abnormal cytological findings in specimens from cervix uteri
Long Description:Abnormal cytological findings in specimens from cervix uteri

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Abnormal cytological findings in specimens from cervix uteri

Header codes like R87.61 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 cytological findings in specimens from cervix uteri:

  • R87.610 - Atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance on cytologic smear of cervix (ASC-US)
  • R87.611 - Atypical squamous cells cannot exclude high grade squamous intraepithelial lesion on cytologic smear of cervix (ASC-H)
  • R87.612 - Low grade squamous intraepithelial lesion on cytologic smear of cervix (LGSIL)
  • R87.613 - High grade squamous intraepithelial lesion on cytologic smear of cervix (HGSIL)
  • R87.614 - Cytologic evidence of malignancy on smear of cervix
  • R87.615 - Unsatisfactory cytologic smear of cervix
  • R87.616 - Satisfactory cervical smear but lacking transformation zone
  • R87.618 - Other abnormal cytological findings on specimens from cervix uteri
  • R87.619 - Unspecified abnormal cytological findings in specimens from cervix uteri

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 R87.61:


Type 1 Excludes

Type 1 Excludes
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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.

Information for Patients


Cervical Cancer Screening

The cervix is the lower part of the uterus, the place where a baby grows during pregnancy. Cancer screening is looking for cancer before you have any symptoms. Cancer found early may be easier to treat.

Cervical cancer screening is usually part of a woman's health checkup. There are two types of tests: the Pap test and the HPV test. For both, the doctor or nurse collects cells from the surface of the cervix. With the Pap test, the lab checks the sample for cancer cells or abnormal cells that could become cancer later. With the HPV test, the lab checks for HPV infection. HPV is a virus that spreads through sexual contact. It can sometimes lead to cancer. If your screening tests are abnormal, your doctor may do more tests, such as a biopsy.

Cervical cancer screening has risks. The results can sometimes be wrong, and you may have unnecessary follow-up tests. There are also benefits. Screening has been shown to decrease the number of deaths from cervical cancer. You and your doctor should discuss your risk for cervical cancer, the pros and cons of the screening tests, at what age to start being screened, and how often to be screened.


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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)