Billable Medical Code for Obstructive Hydrocephalus
Diagnosis Code for Reimbursement Claim: ICD-9-CM 331.4
Code will be replaced by October 2015 and relabeled as ICD-10-CM 331.4.
The Short Description Is: Obstructiv hydrocephalus.
Hydrocephalus is also known as acquired hydrocephalus (disorder), hydrocephalus, hydrocephalus acquired, and hydrocephalus obstructive. This excludes congenital hydrocephalus (742.3), idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus (331.5) and normal pressure hydrocephalus (331.5). This applies to acquired hydrocephalus NOS.
Hydrocephalus Definition and Symptoms
Hydrocephalus is when their is a buildup of cerebral fluid in the ventricles in the brain. This can occur at any age, however it is more prominent in infants and the elderly. Symptoms include headache, poor coordination, memory loss, difficulty remaining awake, loss of bladder control, impaired vision, loss of balance, and slower than usual movements.