AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-9 - 1984 November - December

Lyme Disease

Note: As of October 1, 1989, Lyme disease is coded to 088.81. The code assigned for Lyme disease is 088.8, Other specified arthropod-borne diseases. There can be additional codes for any clinical manifestations, such as arthritis of the knees, 711.86; myocarditis, 422.0; or meningoencephalitis, 321.8. Lyme disease is caused by a bacterium spread by ticks. The disease was first uncovered in a small town of Connecticut called Old Lyme. There, several children were found to have similar symptoms: stiffness in the joints, swelling, and pain. Doctors first thought it was a form of juvenile...

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