AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-9 - 2009 Issue 4; VOLUMES 1 & 2 NEW/REVISED CODES

Chemical Conjunctivitis

Effective October 1, 2009, a new code has been created to uniquely describe chemical conjunctivitis (372.06). Previously, ICD-9-CM's Alphabetic Index led to code 372.01, Serous conjunctivitis, except viral for chemical conjunctivitis. Chemical conjunctivitis causes redness and inflammation of the conjunctiva. It is caused by an irritant or splash of a chemical into the eye. There are numerous irritants that may cause chemical conjunctivitis. They may include, but are not limited to, household cleaners, sprays, smoke, smog, industrial pollutants, and chlorine. The eye may produce clear mucus in response to the chemical agent. Burn injuries involving the eye...

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