2021 ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code G96.0

Cerebrospinal fluid leak

    2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 - Converted to Parent Code Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
  • G96.0 should not be used for reimbursement purposes as there are multiple codes below it that contain a greater level of detail.
  • ICD-10-CM G96.0 is a new 2021 ICD-10-CM code that became effective on October 1, 2020.
  • This is the American ICD-10-CM version of G96.0 - other international versions of ICD-10 G96.0 may differ.
Code Also
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  • if applicable:
  • intracranial hypotension (
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code G96.81

    Intracranial hypotension

      2021 - New Code Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
    Code Also
    • any associated diagnoses, such as:
    • Brachial amyotrophy (G54.5)
    • Cerebrospinal fluid leak from spine (G96.02)
    • Cranial nerve disorders in diseases classified elsewhere (G53)
    • Nerve root and compressions in diseases classified elsewhere (G55)
    • Nonpyogenic thrombosis of intracranial venous system (I67.6)
    • Nontraumatic intracerebral hemorrhage (I61.-)
    • Nontraumatic subdural hemorrhage (I62.0-)
    • Other and unspecified cord compression (G95.2-)
    • Other secondary parkinsonism (G21.8)
    • Reversible cerebrovascular vasoconstriction syndrome (I67.841)
    • Spinal cord herniation (G95.89)
    • Stroke (I63.-)
    • Syringomyelia (G95.0)
    G96.81-
    )
Type 1 Excludes
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A type 1 excludes note is a pure excludes. It means "not coded here". A type 1 excludes note indicates that the code excluded should never be used at the same time as G96.0. A type 1 excludes note is for used for when two conditions cannot occur together, such as a congenital form versus an acquired form of the same condition.
  • cerebrospinal fluid leak from spinal puncture (
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code G97.0

    Cerebrospinal fluid leak from spinal puncture

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    Code Also
    • any associated diagnoses or complications, such as:
    • intracranial hypotension following a procedure (G97.83-G97.84)
    G97.0
    )
The following code(s) above G96.0 contain annotation back-references
Annotation Back-References
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  • Applicable To annotations, or
  • Code Also annotations, or
  • Code First annotations, or
  • Excludes1 annotations, or
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that may be applicable to G96.0:
  • G00-G99
    2021 ICD-10-CM Range G00-G99

    Diseases of the nervous system

    Type 2 Excludes
    • certain conditions originating in the perinatal period (P04-P96)
    • certain infectious and parasitic diseases (A00-B99)
    • complications of pregnancy, childbirth and the puerperium (O00-O9A)
    • congenital malformations, deformations, and chromosomal abnormalities (Q00-Q99)
    • endocrine, nutritional and metabolic diseases (E00-E88)
    • injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes (S00-T88)
    • neoplasms (C00-D49)
    • symptoms, signs and abnormal clinical and laboratory findings, not elsewhere classified (R00-R94)
    Diseases of the nervous system
Approximate Synonyms
  • Cerebrospinal fluid otorrhea
  • Cerebrospinal fluid rhinorrhea
  • Rhinorrhea, cerebrospinal fluid
Clinical Information
  • A disorder characterized by loss of cerebrospinal fluid into the surrounding tissues.
  • The loss of cerebrospinal fluid into the surrounding tissues.
Code History
  • 2016 (effective 10/1/2015): New code (first year of non-draft ICD-10-CM)
  • 2017 (effective 10/1/2016): No change
  • 2018 (effective 10/1/2017): No change
  • 2019 (effective 10/1/2018): No change
  • 2020 (effective 10/1/2019): No change
  • 2021 (effective 10/1/2020): Deleted code
  • 2021 (effective 10/1/2020): New code
Code annotations containing back-references to G96.0:
  • Type 1 Excludes: H92.1
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code H92.1

    Otorrhea

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    Type 1 Excludes
    • leakage of cerebrospinal fluid through ear (G96.0)
ICD-10-CM Codes Adjacent To G96.0
G95.11 Acute infarction of spinal cord (embolic) (nonembolic)
G95.19 Other vascular myelopathies
G95.2 Other and unspecified cord compression
G95.20 Unspecified cord compression
G95.29 Other cord compression
G95.8 Other specified diseases of spinal cord
G95.81 Conus medullaris syndrome
G95.89 Other specified diseases of spinal cord
G95.9 Disease of spinal cord, unspecified
G96 Other disorders of central nervous system
G96.0 Cerebrospinal fluid leak
G96.00 …… unspecified
G96.01 Cranial cerebrospinal fluid leak, spontaneous
G96.02 Spinal cerebrospinal fluid leak, spontaneous
G96.08 Other cranial cerebrospinal fluid leak
G96.09 Other spinal cerebrospinal fluid leak
G96.1 Disorders of meninges, not elsewhere classified
G96.11 Dural tear
G96.12 Meningeal adhesions (cerebral) (spinal)
G96.19 Other disorders of meninges, not elsewhere classified
G96.191 Perineural cyst

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