Billable Medical Code for Giant Cell Arteritis
Diagnosis Code for Reimbursement Claim: ICD-9-CM 446.5
Code will be replaced by October 2015 and relabeled as ICD-10-CM 446.5.
Temporal arteritis is also known as giant cell arteritis, giant cell arteritis w polymyalgia rheumatica, and giant cell arteritis with polymyalgia rheumatica. This applies to cranial arteritis, Horton’s disease, temporal arteritis.
Temporal Arteritis Definition and Symptoms
Temporal arteritis is inflammation in the lining of the arteries. It most often affects the arteries in the head, specifically the temples. Symptoms include blurred vision, joint stiffness, pain in the neck, muscle aches, jaw pain that occurs when chewing, bleeding gums, facial pain, excessive tiredness, loss of appetite, and hearing loss.