Billable Medical Code for Pernicious Anemia
Diagnosis Code for Reimbursement Claim: ICD-9-CM 281.0
Code will be replaced by October 2015 and relabeled as ICD-10-CM 281.0.
Pernicious anemia is also known as anemia pernicious. This excludes combined system disease without mention of anemia (266.2), subacute degeneration of spinal cord without mention of anemia (266.2). This applies to anemia: addison’s, biermer’s, congenital pernicious, and congenital intrinsic factor [Castle’s] deficiency.
Pernicious Anemia Definition and Symptoms
Pernicious anemia is a decrease in red blood cells which happens because the intestines cannot absorb vitamin B12 correctly. This can be caused by weakened stomach lining as well as autoimmune disorders. Symptoms include confusion, fatigue, problems concentrating, swollen tongue, shortness of breath, constipation or diarrhea, loss of appetite, and the desire to eat non food items.