Billable Medical Code for Unspecified Protein-Calorie Malnutrition

Diagnosis Code for Reimbursement Claim: ICD-9-CM 263.9

Code will be replaced by October 2015 and relabeled as ICD-10-CM 263.9.

The Short Description Is: Protein-cal malnutr NOS.

Known As

Malnutrition is also known as adult osteomalacia due to malnutrition, calorie malnutrition, deficiency of macronutrients, hypoalbuminemia due to protein calorie malnutrition, malnutrition, malnutrition (calorie), malnutrition in childbirth, malnutrition in pregnancy, malnutrition postpartum, malnutrition calorie, malnutrition not enough calories in diet, nutritional disorder, poor nutrition in childbirth, poor nutrition in pregnancy, postpartum (after childbirth) malnutrition, postpartum malnutrition, protein calorie malnutrition, protein calorie malnutrition w hypoalbuminemia, protein-calorie malnutrition with hypoalbuminemia, sequelae of protein calorie malnutrition, and sequelae of protein-energy malnutrition. This excludes nutritional defieciency NOS (269.9). This applies to dystrophy due to malnurtition and malnutrition (calorie) NOS.

Malnutrition Definition and Symptoms

Malnutrition is when a persons diet does not supply them with the vital nutrients that their body needs to function properly, or their body cannot utilize the foods that they do eat due to illness. People that are most likely to suffer from malnutrition are people with chronic eating disorders, socially isolated, elderly, or obese. Symptoms of malnutrition are depression, hypothermia, suppressed immune system, and loss of fat.