Billable Medical Code for Other Vitamin B12 Deficiency Anemia

Diagnosis Code for Reimbursement Claim: ICD-9-CM 281.1

Code will be replaced by October 2015 and relabeled as ICD-10-CM 281.1.

The Short Description Is: B12 defic anemia NEC.

Known As

B12 Deficiency is also known as anemia vitamin B12 deficiency due to dietary cause, anemia B12 deficiency, anemia vitamin B12 deficiency, imerslund grasbeck syndrome, immerslund grasbeck syndrome, megaloblastic anemia due to vegetarianism, megaloblastic anemia due to vitamin B>12< deficiency, megaloblastic anemia due to vitamin B>12< malabsorption with proteinuria, selective malabsorption of cyanocobalamin, transcobalamin II deficiency, vegan's anemia, vitamin B12 deficiency anemia, vitamin B12 deficiency anemia due to dietary cause, vitamin B12 deficiency anemia due to dietary causes, and vitamin B12 deficiency anemia due to malabsorption with proteinuria. This excludes combined system disease without mention of anemia (266.2) and subacute degeneration of spinal cord without mention of anemia (266.2). This applies to anemia: vegan's, vitamin B12 Deficiency (dietary), due to selective vitamin B12 malabsorption with proteinuria, and syndrome: imerslund's and imerslund-grasbeck.

B12 Deficiency Definition and Symptoms

B12 deficiency is a vitamin deficiency of the b12 vitamin. B12 is required for cells to multiply properly and for the formation of red blood cells. Symptoms of a B12 deficiency are headache, skin rash, and swelling. However, if left untreated the symptoms can become much more severe such as tingling/numbness in the fingers and toes, and muscle weakness.