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ICD-10-CM Code L98.4
Non-pressure chronic ulcer of skin, not elsewhere classified

Non-Billable Code
Non-Billable means the code is not sufficient justification for admission to an acute care hospital when used a principal diagnosis. Use a child code to capture more detail.
| ICD-10 from 2011 - 2016

ICD Code L98.4 is a non-billable code. To code a diagnosis of this type, you must use one of the three child codes of L98.4 that describes the diagnosis 'non-pressure chronic ulcer of skin, not elsewhere classified' in more detail.

The ICD code L984 is used to code Tropical ulcer

Tropical ulcer (also known as Aden ulcer, Jungle rot, Malabar ulcer, and Tropical phagedena) is a lesion occurring in cutaneous leishmaniasis. It is caused by a variety of microorganisms, including mycobacteria. It is common in tropical climates.

Specialty: Dermatology
Source: Wikipedia

Coding Notes for L98.4 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.
Chronic ulcer of skin NOS
Tropical ulcer NOS
Ulcer of skin NOS
Code Type-2 Excludes:
Type-2 Excludes
Type-2 Excludes means the excluded conditions are different, although they may appear similar. A patient may have both conditions, but one does not include the other. Excludes 2 means "not coded here."
Pressure ulcer (pressure area) - instead, use code L89.-
Gangrene - instead, use Code I96
Skin infections - instead, use Section L00-L08
Specific infections classified to - instead, use Section A00-B99
Ulcer of lower limb NEC - instead, use code L97.-
Varicose ulcer (I83.0-I82.2) - instead, use code I83.0-

Coding Advice SNOMET-CT

  • Possible requirement for an external cause code

Parent Code: L98 - Other disorders of skin and subcutaneous tissue, not elsewhere classified

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