ICD-10-CM Code T56.0

Toxic effects of lead and its compounds

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

T56.0 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of toxic effects of lead and its compounds. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:T56.0
Short Description:Toxic effects of lead and its compounds
Long Description:Toxic effects of lead and its compounds

Consider the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity:

  • T56.0X - Toxic effects of lead and its compounds
  • T56.0X1 - Toxic effect of lead and its compounds, accidental (unintentional)
  • T56.0X1A - Toxic effect of lead and its compounds, accidental (unintentional), initial encounter
  • T56.0X1D - Toxic effect of lead and its compounds, accidental (unintentional), subsequent encounter
  • T56.0X1S - Toxic effect of lead and its compounds, accidental (unintentional), sequela
  • T56.0X2 - Toxic effect of lead and its compounds, intentional self-harm
  • T56.0X2A - Toxic effect of lead and its compounds, intentional self-harm, initial encounter
  • T56.0X2D - Toxic effect of lead and its compounds, intentional self-harm, subsequent encounter
  • T56.0X2S - Toxic effect of lead and its compounds, intentional self-harm, sequela
  • T56.0X3 - Toxic effect of lead and its compounds, assault
  • T56.0X3A - Toxic effect of lead and its compounds, assault, initial encounter
  • T56.0X3D - Toxic effect of lead and its compounds, assault, subsequent encounter
  • T56.0X3S - Toxic effect of lead and its compounds, assault, sequela
  • T56.0X4 - Toxic effect of lead and its compounds, undetermined
  • T56.0X4A - Toxic effect of lead and its compounds, undetermined, initial encounter
  • T56.0X4D - Toxic effect of lead and its compounds, undetermined, subsequent encounter
  • T56.0X4S - Toxic effect of lead and its compounds, undetermined, sequela

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 T56.0 are found in the index:


Code Classification

  • Injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes (S00–T98)
    • Toxic effects of substances chiefly nonmedicinal as to source (T51-T65)
      • Toxic effect of metals (T56)

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

Information for Patients


Lead Poisoning

Lead is a metal that occurs naturally in the earth's crust. Lead can be found in all parts of our environment. Much of it comes from human activities such as mining and manufacturing. Lead used to be in paint; older houses may still have lead paint. You could be exposed to lead by

  • Eating food or drinking water that contains lead. Water pipes in older homes may contain lead.
  • Working in a job where lead is used
  • Using lead in a hobby, such as making stained glass or lead-glazed pottery
  • Using folk remedies such as herbs or foods that contain lead

Breathing air, drinking water, eating food, or swallowing or touching dirt that contains lead can cause many health problems. Lead can affect almost every organ and system in your body. In adults, lead can increase blood pressure and cause infertility, nerve disorders, and muscle and joint pain. It can also make you irritable and affect your ability to concentrate and remember.

Lead is especially dangerous for children. A child who swallows large amounts of lead may develop anemia, severe stomachache, muscle weakness, and brain damage. Even at low levels, lead can affect a child's mental and physical growth.

Agency for Toxic Substances Disease Registry


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