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  having difficulties locating an ICD-9 dx. code for history of shingles
ert985
having difficulties locating an ICD-9 dx. code for history of shingles
Posted:
Aug 27 2009, 4:57 PM
I am having difficulties locating the diagnosis code for a personal history of shingles; I originally coded V12.09 because I know that shingles is an infectious disease and is in the herpes family. Any suggestions?

TIA, Erica Thomas, RHIT, CMOM

 
signaturedoc
Looks fine to me
Posted:
Aug 28 2009, 9:56 PM
But why would you want to code that at all? Once it is gone, it is gone; if you have residual pain then it is 053.19 post-herpetic neuralgia

 
LisaG
re: having difficulties locating an ICD-9 dx. code for history of shingles
Posted:
Dec 11 2013, 9:15 AM
You most certainly would code for personal history of Shingles-053.0/B02.1. The virus never leaves so it would be an active diagnosis manifested by the intermittent eruption of the pustules. It is unknown if your patient has the post-herpetic neuralgia, but it would be coded in addition to the Shingles code.

 

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