AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS - 2016 Issue 4; ICD-10-CM NEW/REVISED CODES

Periorbital (Preseptal) Cellulitis

Subcategory L03.21, Cellulitis and acute lymphangitis of face, has been expanded to specifically identify periorbital cellulitis (L03.213). Periorbital cellulitis is an infection or inflammation of the eyelid or skin around the eye. Cellulitis around the orbit of the eye and the preseptal area is not to be confused with orbital cellulitis or postseptal cellulitis, which affects the orbit, can affect the eye, and is a more severe infection. Periorbital cellulitis is confined to the soft tissues that are anterior to the orbital septum. The American Academy of Pediatrics requested a unique code to better identify periorbital cellulitis...

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