ICD-10 Diagnosis Code Q38.5

Congenital malformations of palate, not elsewhere classified

Diagnosis Code Q38.5

ICD-10: Q38.5
Short Description: Congenital malformations of palate, not elsewhere classified
Long Description: Congenital malformations of palate, not elsewhere classified
This is the 2018 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code Q38.5

Valid for Submission
The code Q38.5 is valid for submission for HIPAA-covered transactions.

Code Classification
  • Congenital malformations, deformations and chromosomal abnormalities (Q00-Q99)
    • Other congenital malformations of the digestive system (Q38-Q45)
      • Other congenital malformations of tongue, mouth and pharynx (Q38)

Information for Medical Professionals

Diagnostic Related Groups
The diagnosis code Q38.5 is grouped in the following Diagnostic Related Group(s) (MS-DRG V35.0)


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The code Q38.5 is exempt from POA reporting.

  • Absence of uvula
  • Byzanthine arch palate
  • Congenital abnormal fusion of palatine bone
  • Congenital abnormal shape of palate rugae
  • Congenital abnormal shape of palatine bone
  • Congenital absence of palatine bone
  • Congenital absence of uvula
  • Congenital anomaly of frontal bone
  • Congenital anomaly of palate
  • Congenital anomaly of palatine bone
  • Congenital anomaly of palatine bone
  • Congenital anomaly of palatine bone
  • Congenital anomaly of palatine bone
  • Congenital anomaly of uvula
  • Congenital hypoplasia of palatine bone
  • Congenital malposition of palate rugae
  • Congenital misalignment of palate rugae
  • Congenital short hard palate
  • Cranioschisis
  • Deviation of uvula
  • Flat palate
  • RAPADILINO syndrome
  • Redundant soft palate

Index of Diseases and Injuries
References found for the code Q38.5 in the Index of Diseases and Injuries:

Information for Patients

Birth Defects

A birth defect is a problem that happens while a baby is developing in the mother's body. Most birth defects happen during the first 3 months of pregnancy. One out of every 33 babies in the United States is born with a birth defect.

A birth defect may affect how the body looks, works or both. Some birth defects like cleft lip or neural tube defects are structural problems that can be easy to see. To find others, like heart defects, doctors use special tests. Birth defects can vary from mild to severe. Some result from exposures to medicines or chemicals. For example, alcohol abuse can cause fetal alcohol syndrome. Infections during pregnancy can also result in birth defects. For most birth defects, the cause is unknown.

Some birth defects can be prevented. Taking folic acid can help prevent some birth defects. Talk to your doctor about any medicines you take. Some medicines can cause serious birth defects.

Babies with birth defects may need surgery or other medical treatments. Today, doctors can diagnose many birth defects in the womb. This enables them to treat or even correct some problems before the baby is born.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Intersex (Medical Encyclopedia)

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Mouth Disorders

Your mouth is one of the most important parts of your body. Any problem that affects your mouth can make it hard to eat, drink or even smile.

Some common mouth problems include

  • Cold sores - painful sores on the lips and around the mouth, caused by a virus
  • Canker sores - painful sores in the mouth, caused by bacteria or viruses
  • Thrush - a yeast infection that causes white patches in your mouth
  • Leukoplakia - white patches of excess cell growth on the cheeks, gums or tongue, common in smokers
  • Dry mouth - a lack of enough saliva, caused by some medicines and certain diseases
  • Gum or tooth problems
  • Bad breath

Treatment for mouth disorders varies, depending on the problem. Keeping a clean mouth by brushing and flossing often is important.

  • Burning Mouth Syndrome - NIH (National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research)
  • Drooling (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Gum biopsy (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Herpangina (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Leukoplakia (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Lichen planus (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Mouth sores (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Mouth ulcers (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Mucous cyst (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Perioral dermatitis (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Thrush (Medical Encyclopedia)

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