Do you know ICD 9 code for cellulitis of leg

ICD 9 code for cellulitis of leg
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What is Cellulitis?

Cellulitis is infection involving the skin. Bacteria infection are main cause of cellulitis. The skin with cellulitis leads to redness of skin. Mainly the bacterial infection is on leg and face. Streptococci and Staphylococcus aureus are the most common bacteria causing cellulitis. Sign and symptoms of cellulitis are when the skin appears red, hot and painful.
Icd 9 code for cellulitis of leg is 682.6.

How to code ICD 9 code for cellulitis of leg?

ICD-9-CM Diagnosis Codes for cellulitis are categorized in category 682 series.
682 series includes abscess (acute) (with lymphangitis) except of finger or toe, cellulitis (diffuse) (with lymphangitis) except of finger or toe, lymphangitis, acute (with lymphangitis) except of finger or toe.
All codes for cellulitis on the basis of anatomic site is given in this category.
682.0- ICD 9 code for cellulitis abscess face
682.1- ICD 9 code for cellulitis abscess neck
682.2 – ICD 9 code for cellulitis abscess trunk, Abdominal wall,Back (any part, except buttock),Chest wall, Flank, Groin, Pectoral region, Perineum, Umbilicus, except newborn
682.3 – ICD 9 code for cellulitis abscess upper arm forearm
682.4 – ICD 9 code for cellulitis abscess hand except fingers thumb
682.5- ICD 9 code for cellulitis abscess buttoc
682.6- ICD 9 code for cellulitis abscess leg except foot
682.7 – ICD 9 code for cellulitis abscess foot except toes
682.8 – ICD 9 code for cellulitis abscess sites
682.9 – ICD 9 code for cellulitis abscess unspecified site

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Though, searching a icd 9 code for cellulitis of leg is not tough but with words which leads to same code might create some confusion like
Abscess of ankle
abscess of hip
abscess of knee
abscess of lower limb
abscess of thigh
Hence, while coding cellulitis be careful since many diagnosis with different name of same anatomic site but leading to same code. This can be easily solved if one has search the code properly through the ICD 9 code book or the coding database.
Cellulitis is most common on the face and lower legs. You can have cellulitis if you notice area of skin redness or swelling that gets larger , tight, glossy look to skin , pain or tenderness, skin rash that happens suddenly and grows quickly, signs of infection including fever, chills and muscle aches .


ICD-10 CM codes which are going to implement after few months, so I think we should be more updated about these codes as well. So, here I am including ICD-10 codes for cellulitis as well. Since, we know the number of icd codes have increased very much in icd-10, since this time we will be having more specific icd codes. So, below you can find out the ICD-10 crossover codes for cellulitis.

L03 Cellulitis and acute lymphangitis
  • L03.3 Cellulitis and acute lymphangitis of trunk
    • L03.31 Cellulitis of trunk
      • L03.316 Cellulitis of umbilicus
      • L03.317 Cellulitis of buttock
      • L03.314 Cellulitis of groin
      • L03.315 Cellulitis of perineum
      • L03.319 Cellulitis of trunk, unspecified
      • L03.311 Cellulitis of abdominal wall
      • L03.313 Cellulitis of chest wall
      • L03.312 Cellulitis of back [any part except buttock]
  • L03.9 Cellulitis and acute lymphangitis, unspecified
    • L03.90 Cellulitis, unspecified
  • L03.2 Cellulitis and acute lymphangitis of face and neck
    • L03.22 Cellulitis and acute lymphangitis of neck
      • L03.221 Cellulitis of neck
    • L03.21 Cellulitis and acute lymphangitis of face
      • L03.211 Cellulitis of face
  • L03.0 Cellulitis and acute lymphangitis of finger and toe
    • L03.03 Cellulitis of toe
    • L03.01 Cellulitis of finger
  • L03.1 Cellulitis and acute lymphangitis of other parts of limb
    • L03.11 Cellulitis of other parts of limb
  • L03.8 Cellulitis and acute lymphangitis of other sites
    • L03.81 Cellulitis of other sites
      • L03.818 Cellulitis of other sites
      • L03.811 Cellulitis of head [any part, except face]
Hope, this article will help you in coding both icd-9 and icd-10 codes for cellulitis of any site.
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