Spring has sprung: birds are chirping, flowers are blooming, and patients everywhere are rushing to the ED with a new series of seasonally appropriate conditions. Here are a few ICD-10 codes we think you may need over this Easter holiday.
F40.218 – Other animal type phobia
It is not just children at the mall who find the Easter Bunny kind of terrifying. During Easter season, patients with leporiphibia (the fear of rabbits) are sure to be making more use of this ICD-10 code.
W55.89XA- Other contact with other mammals, initial encounter
While ICD-10 has specific codes for a wide assortment of animal encounters, including bitten by horse (W55.11), Struck by cow (W55.22), and Other contact with pig (W55.49), rabbit scratch can be found lumped into this code with puncture by hedgehog spine, crushed under unridden fallen animal, and exposure to attack by mammal.
A21.9 – Tularemia (rabbit fever), unspecified
“Rabbit fever,” or tularemia, is a rare infectious disease caused by Francisella tularensis, which affects the skin, eyes, lymph nodes, and lungs. Unfortunately, "rabbit fever" is not just a cute name for the feelings of excitement displayed by hardcore bunny fanatics.
J30.1 – Allergic rhinitis due to pollen
Where there are rabbits, there are … eggs (at least at this time of year), and those eggs need hiding! While searching around the lawn and garden for this year’s colorful treasure trove, there are sure to be some patients who find themselves in need of this ICD-10 code.
Z91.012 – Allergy to eggs
While plastic eggs are all the rage these days, many people are most likely still sitting down at the kitchen table with newspaper, vinegar, food coloring, and little wire spoons to color some good, old-fashioned hardboiled Easter eggs. Hopefully no one taking part in this age-old tradition this year will need to make use of this code.
5 ICD-10 Codes to Remember This Easter