2020 ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code L29.9

Pruritus, unspecified

    2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Billable/Specific Code
  • L29.9 is a billable/specific ICD-10-CM code that can be used to indicate a diagnosis for reimbursement purposes.
  • The 2020 edition of ICD-10-CM L29.9 became effective on October 1, 2019.
  • This is the American ICD-10-CM version of L29.9 - other international versions of ICD-10 L29.9 may differ.
Applicable To
  • Itch NOS
The following code(s) above L29.9 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 L29.9:
  • L00-L99
    2020 ICD-10-CM Range L00-L99

    Diseases of the skin and subcutaneous tissue

    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)
    • lipomelanotic reticulosis (I89.8)
    • neoplasms (C00-D49)
    • symptoms, signs and abnormal clinical and laboratory findings, not elsewhere classified (R00-R94)
    • systemic connective tissue disorders (M30-M36)
    • viral warts (B07.-)
    Diseases of the skin and subcutaneous tissue
  • L20-L30
    2020 ICD-10-CM Range L20-L30

    Dermatitis and eczema

    Note
    • In this block the terms dermatitis and eczema are used synonymously and interchangeably.
    Type 2 Excludes
    • chronic (childhood) granulomatous disease (D71)
    • dermatitis gangrenosa (L08.0)
    • dermatitis herpetiformis (L13.0)
    • dry skin dermatitis (L85.3)
    • factitial dermatitis (L98.1)
    • perioral dermatitis (L71.0)
    • radiation-related disorders of the skin and subcutaneous tissue (L55-L59)
    • stasis dermatitis (I87.2)
    Dermatitis and eczema
  • L29
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code L29

    Pruritus

      2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
    Type 1 Excludes
    • neurotic excoriation (L98.1)
    • psychogenic pruritus (F45.8)
    Pruritus
Approximate Synonyms
  • Itching of skin
  • Pruritus (itching)
Clinical Information
  • A disorder characterized by an intense itching sensation.
  • An intense itching sensation that produces the urge to rub or scratch the skin to obtain relief.
  • An intense itching sensation.
  • Intense itching sensation that produces the urge to rub or scratch the skin to obtain relief.
  • Itching is skin tingling or irritation that makes you want to scratch the itchy area. It's a symptom of many health conditions. Common causes are
    • allergic reactions
    • eczema
    • dry skin
    • insect bites and stings
    • irritating chemicals
    • parasites such as pinworms, scabies, head and body lice
    • pregnancy
    • rashes
    • reactions to medicines
    to soothe itchy skin, you can try cold compresses, lotions and lukewarm baths. Avoid scratching, wearing irritating fabrics and high heat and humidity. Most itching is not serious. However, if you itch all over, have hives that keep coming back or have itching without an apparent cause, you might require medical attention.
  • Itching. Severe itching may be a side effect of some cancer treatments and a symptom of some types of cancers.
ICD-10-CM L29.9 is grouped within Diagnostic Related Group(s) (MS-DRG v37.0):
  • 606 Minor skin disorders with mcc
  • 607 Minor skin disorders without mcc

Convert L29.9 to ICD-9-CM

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

Diagnosis Index entries containing back-references to L29.9:

ICD-10-CM Codes Adjacent To L29.9
L28 Lichen simplex chronicus and prurigo
L28.0 Lichen simplex chronicus
L28.1 Prurigo nodularis
L28.2 Other prurigo
L29 Pruritus
L29.0 Pruritus ani
L29.1 Pruritus scroti
L29.2 Pruritus vulvae
L29.3 Anogenital pruritus, unspecified
L29.8 Other pruritus
L29.9 Pruritus, unspecified
L30 Other and unspecified dermatitis
L30.0 Nummular dermatitis
L30.1 Dyshidrosis [pompholyx]
L30.2 Cutaneous autosensitization
L30.3 Infective dermatitis
L30.4 Erythema intertrigo
L30.5 Pityriasis alba
L30.8 Other specified dermatitis
L30.9 Dermatitis, unspecified
L40 Psoriasis

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