2019 ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code H18.44

Keratomalacia

    2016 2017 2018 2019 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
  • H18.44 should not be used for reimbursement purposes as there are multiple codes below it that contain a greater level of detail.
  • The 2019 edition of ICD-10-CM H18.44 became effective on October 1, 2018.
  • This is the American ICD-10-CM version of H18.44 - other international versions of ICD-10 H18.44 may differ.
Type 1 Excludes
Type 1 Excludes Help
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 H18.44. 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.
  • keratomalacia due to vitamin A deficiency (
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code E50.4

    Vitamin A deficiency with keratomalacia

      2016 2017 2018 2019 Billable/Specific Code
    E50.4
    )
The following code(s) above H18.44 contain annotation back-references
Annotation Back-References
In this context, annotation back-references refer to codes that contain:
  • Applicable To annotations, or
  • Code Also annotations, or
  • Code First annotations, or
  • Excludes1 annotations, or
  • Excludes2 annotations, or
  • Includes annotations, or
  • Note annotations, or
  • Use Additional annotations
that may be applicable to H18.44:
  • H00-H59
    2019 ICD-10-CM Range H00-H59

    Diseases of the eye and adnexa

    Note
    • Use an external cause code following the code for the eye condition, if applicable, to identify the cause of the eye condition
    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)
    • diabetes mellitus related eye conditions (E09.3-, E10.3-, E11.3-, E13.3-)
    • endocrine, nutritional and metabolic diseases (E00-E88)
    • injury (trauma) of eye and orbit (S05.-)
    • 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)
    • syphilis related eye disorders (A50.01, A50.3-, A51.43, A52.71)
    Diseases of the eye and adnexa
  • H18.4
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code H18.4

    Corneal degeneration

      2016 2017 2018 2019 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
    Type 1 Excludes
    Corneal degeneration
Clinical Information
  • Dryness with ulceration and perforation of the cornea, with absence of inflammatory reactions, occurring in cachectic children; results from severe vitamin a deficiency.
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

Diagnosis Index entries containing back-references to H18.44:

ICD-10-CM Codes Adjacent To H18.44
H18.411 …… right eye
H18.412 …… left eye
H18.413 …… bilateral
H18.419 …… unspecified eye
H18.42 Band keratopathy
H18.421 …… right eye
H18.422 …… left eye
H18.423 …… bilateral
H18.429 …… unspecified eye
H18.43 Other calcerous corneal degeneration
H18.44 Keratomalacia
H18.441 …… right eye
H18.442 …… left eye
H18.443 …… bilateral
H18.449 …… unspecified eye
H18.45 Nodular corneal degeneration
H18.451 …… right eye
H18.452 …… left eye
H18.453 …… bilateral
H18.459 …… unspecified eye
H18.46 Peripheral corneal degeneration

Reimbursement claims with a date of service on or after October 1, 2015 require the use of ICD-10-CM codes.