ICD-10 Diagnosis Code X39.08

Exposure to other natural radiation

Diagnosis Code X39.08

ICD-10: X39.08
Short Description: Exposure to other natural radiation
Long Description: Exposure to other natural radiation
This is the 2018 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code X39.08

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The code X39.08 is a "header" and not valid for submission for HIPAA-covered transactions.

Code Classification
  • External causes of morbidity and mortality (V01–Y98)
    • Exposure to forces of nature (X30-X39)
      • Exposure to other forces of nature (X39)

Information for Medical Professionals

Index of External Cause of Injuries
References found for the code X39.08 in the External Cause of Injuries Index:

    • Forces of nature
      • radiation (natural)
    • Radiation(exposure to)
      • natural NEC

Information for Patients

Radiation Exposure

Radiation is energy that travels in the form of waves or high-speed particles. It occurs naturally in sunlight. Man-made radiation is used in X-rays, nuclear weapons, nuclear power plants and cancer treatment.

If you are exposed to small amounts of radiation over a long time, it raises your risk of cancer. It can also cause mutations in your genes, which you could pass on to any children you have after the exposure. A lot of radiation over a short period, such as from a radiation emergency, can cause burns or radiation sickness. Symptoms of radiation sickness include nausea, weakness, hair loss, skin burns and reduced organ function. If the exposure is large enough, it can cause premature aging or even death. You may be able to take medicine to reduce the radioactive material in your body.

Environmental Protection Agency

  • Radiation sickness (Medical Encyclopedia)

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