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ICD-10-CM Code F81.0
Specific reading disorder

Billable Code
Billable codes are sufficient justification for admission to an acute care hospital when used a principal diagnosis.
Mental Health
Mental Health Code
Indicates that the ICD code is referenced in DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Version 5)
| ICD-10 from 2011 - 2016

F81.0 is a billable ICD code used to specify a diagnosis of specific reading disorder. A 'billable code' is detailed enough to be used to specify a medical diagnosis.

The ICD code F810 is used to code Dyslexia

Dyslexia, also known as reading disorder, is characterized by trouble with reading despite normal intelligence. Different people are affected to varying degrees. Problems may include difficulties in spelling words, reading quickly, writing words, "sounding out" words in the head, pronouncing words when reading aloud and understanding what one reads. Often these difficulties are first noticed at school. When someone who previously could read loses their ability, it is known as alexia. The difficulties are involuntary and people with this disorder have a normal desire to learn.

Specialty: Neurology, Pediatrics
MeSH Code: D004410
ICD 9 Code: 315.02
Source: Wikipedia

Coding Notes for F81.0 Info for medical coders on how to properly use this ICD-10 code

Inclusion Terms:
Inclusion Terms
Inclusion Terms are a list of concepts for which a specific code is used. The list of Inclusion Terms is useful for determining the correct code in some cases, but the list is not necessarily exhaustive.
'Backward reading'
Developmental dyslexia
Specific reading retardation
Code Type-1 Excludes:
Type-1 Excludes
Type-1 Excludes mean the conditions excluded are mutually exclusive and should never be coded together. Excludes 1 means "do not code here."
Alexia NOS - instead, use code R48.0
Dyslexia NOS - instead, use code R48.0

MS-DRG Mapping

  • DRG Group #886 - Behavioral and developmental disorders.

Related Concepts SNOMET-CT

  • Basic learning problem in reading (finding)

ICD-10-CM Alphabetical Index References for 'F81.0 - Specific reading disorder'

The ICD-10-CM Alphabetical Index links the below-listed medical terms to the ICD code F81.0. Click on any term below to browse the alphabetical index.

Strephosymbolia (F81.0)
Mirror writing (F81.0)
Backward reading(dyslexia) (F81.0)


Developmental reading disorder, unspecified (approximate match)
Developmental dyslexia (approximate match)

This is the official approximate match mapping between ICD9 and ICD10, as provided by the General Equivalency mapping crosswalk. This means that while there is no exact mapping between this ICD10 code F81.0 and a single ICD9 code, 315.02 is an approximate match for comparison and conversion purposes.

Parent Code: F81 - Specific developmental disorders of scholastic skills

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