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Top Five ICD-10 Codes for the Holidays

by Michelle Mangino, Social Media Manager

First time reading our ICD-10 series? If so, that means you’ve missed our Halloween and Thanksgiving issues! (Yes, just click either holiday to check them out.) Lucky for you, our Top Five ICD-10 Codes posts get better each and every time (in my humble opinion). Our goal here is to help you gradually become familiar with the new, hyper-specific code set that is ICD-10—and find a comical way to do so, of course.

Since many of us are in holiday mode, this post is dedicated to some potential diagnoses (and their corresponding ICD-10 codes) related to the “most wonderful time of the year.”

  1. R42 – Dizziness and Giddiness
    Excessive loss of equilibrium from so much dreidel spinning. And who wouldn’t be giddy with Santa coming to town?
  2. Y93.D – Contact with scissors; Activities involving arts and handcrafts
    This is when that “Ugly Sweater” so lives up to its name. You take matters into your own hands…
  3. W25 - Contact with sharp glass
    Pick Christmas tree branches that are equal to the girth of your ornament or the only thing you’ll be admiring are the gashes on the bottom of your foot.
  4. T15.91XA – Foreign body on external eye, part unspecified, right eye, initial encounter
    Poppin’ bottles on New Year’s is all fun and games until you’ve fallen victim to ICD-10 T15.91XA.
  5. W34.110 – Accidental malfunction of BB gun
    Hoping you’ll get an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle? Don’t forget what Ralphie’s mother warned: “You’ll shoot your eye out.”

Come across any zany ICD-10 codes that I haven’t touched upon yet? Tweet them to @athenahealth or send them to us at and we’ll incorporate them into this series. See you in the New Year!

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