2024 ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code X32.XXXS

Exposure to sunlight, sequela

ICD-10-CM Code:
ICD-10 Code for:
Exposure to sunlight, sequela
Is Billable?
Yes - Valid for Submission
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Code Classification

  • External causes of morbidity and mortality
    • Exposure to forces of nature
      • Exposure to sunlight

X32.XXXS is a billable diagnosis code used to specify a medical diagnosis of exposure to sunlight, sequela. The code is valid during the current fiscal year for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions from October 01, 2023 through September 30, 2024. The code is exempt from present on admission (POA) reporting for inpatient admissions to general acute care hospitals.

X32.XXXS is a sequela code, includes a 7th character and should be used for complications that arise as a direct result of a condition like exposure to sunlight. According to ICD-10-CM Guidelines a "sequela" code should be used for chronic or residual conditions that are complications of an initial acute disease, illness or injury. The most common sequela is pain. Usually, two diagnosis codes are needed when reporting sequela. The first code describes the nature of the sequela while the second code describes the sequela or late effect.

Approximate Synonyms

The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:

  • Acne estivalis
  • Acquired poikiloderma
  • Actinic cheilitis
  • Actinic folliculitis
  • Actinic prurigo
  • Acute phototoxic dermatitis
  • Atrophic actinic keratosis
  • Benign neoplasm of skin of scalp
  • Berloque dermatitis
  • Chronic effect of ultraviolet radiation on normal skin
  • Comedone
  • Cutis rhomboidalis nuchae
  • Diffuse dermatitis
  • Diffuse inflammatory erythema
  • Exposure to excess sunlight
  • Exposure to light
  • Familial actinic prurigo of lip
  • Hypertrophic solar keratosis
  • Multiple actinic keratoses
  • Multiple actinic keratoses involving scalp
  • Nodular elastosis with cysts and comedones
  • Overexposure to sun rays
  • Overexposure to visual and ultraviolet light sources
  • Photoaggravated atopic dermatitis
  • Photoaggravated psoriasis
  • Photoaggravation of disorder
  • Photochemotherapy reaction
  • Poikiloderma caused by photodynamic agent
  • Polymorphous light eruption
  • Polymorphous light eruption
  • Polymorphous light eruption
  • Polymorphous light eruption
  • Polymorphous light eruption
  • Polymorphous light eruption, diffuse erythematous type
  • Polymorphous light eruption, eczematous type
  • Polymorphous light eruption, papular type
  • Polymorphous light eruption, papulovesicular type
  • Polymorphous light eruption, plaque type
  • Pruritic dermatitis
  • Pruritus of oral soft tissues
  • Solar comedone
  • Solar degeneration
  • Solar degeneration
  • Solar lentiginosis
  • Solar lentigo
  • Solar pruritus
  • Solar pruritus
  • Solar pruritus of elbows
  • Solar telangiectasia
  • Solar urticaria
  • Squamous cell carcinoma in situ of skin caused by sunlight
  • Squamous cell papilloma of skin
  • Sun-damaged skin on face
  • Sun-induced wrinkles
  • Wrinkled skin

Clinical Classification

Clinical Information

  • Polymorphous Light Eruption

    a red, edematous rash that occurs on areas of the skin with recent exposure to sunlight.

Present on Admission (POA)

X32.XXXS is exempt from POA reporting - The Present on Admission (POA) indicator is used for diagnosis codes included in claims involving inpatient admissions to general acute care hospitals. POA indicators must be reported to CMS on each claim to facilitate the grouping of diagnoses codes into the proper Diagnostic Related Groups (DRG). CMS publishes a listing of specific diagnosis codes that are exempt from the POA reporting requirement. Review other POA exempt codes here.

CMS POA Indicator Options and Definitions

POA IndicatorReason for CodeCMS will pay the CC/MCC DRG?
YDiagnosis was present at time of inpatient admission.YES
NDiagnosis was not present at time of inpatient admission.NO
UDocumentation insufficient to determine if the condition was present at the time of inpatient admission.NO
WClinically undetermined - unable to clinically determine whether the condition was present at the time of inpatient admission.YES
1Unreported/Not used - Exempt from POA reporting. NO

Convert X32.XXXS to ICD-9-CM

  • ICD-9-CM Code: E929.5 - Late eff environment acc
    Approximate Flag - The approximate mapping means there is not an exact match between the ICD-10 and ICD-9 codes and the mapped code is not a precise representation of the original code.

Patient Education

Sun Exposure

Ultraviolet (UV) rays are an invisible form of radiation. They can pass through your skin and damage your skin cells. Sunburns are a sign of skin damage. Suntans aren't healthy, either. They appear after the sun's rays have already killed some cells and damaged others. UV rays can cause skin damage during any season or at any temperature. They can also cause eye problems, wrinkles, skin spots, and skin cancer.

To protect yourself :

  • Stay out of the sun when it is strongest (between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.)
  • Use sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher
  • Wear protective clothing
  • Wear wraparound sunglasses that provide 100% UV ray protection
  • Avoid sunlamps and tanning beds

Check your skin regularly for changes in the size, shape, color, or feel of birthmarks, moles, and spots. Such changes are a sign of skin cancer.

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Code History

  • FY 2024 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2023 through 9/30/2024
  • FY 2023 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2022 through 9/30/2023
  • FY 2022 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2021 through 9/30/2022
  • 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. This was the first year ICD-10-CM was implemented into the HIPAA code set.