If someone close to you or yourself have been diagnosed with osteoporosis, chances are you have heard the expressions “ICD”, “ICD 9 code” or “ICD 9 code for osteoporosis” mentioned. These are the special identifiers commonly used in the medical community to classify and refer to a specific type of osteoporosis.
These codes are part of the large classification and diagnostic tool developed and maintained by the World Health Organization (WHO) with the main reason of standardizing and mapping common diseases into a system that can be used globally.
The acronym “ICD” stands for a very long name “International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems”, or a slightly shorter format “International Classification of Diseases”.
Here is an excerpt from Wikipedia describing what ICD is:
ICD is the international “standard diagnostic tool for epidemiology, health management and clinical purposes”. The ICD is maintained by the World Health Organization, the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations System. The ICD is designed as a health care classification system, providing a system of diagnostic codes for classifying diseases, including nuanced classifications of a wide variety of signs, symptoms, abnormal findings, complaints, social circumstances, and external causes of injury or disease. This system is designed to map health conditions to corresponding generic categories together with specific variations, assigning for these a designated code, up to six characters long. Thus, major categories are designed to include a set of similar diseases.
The International Classification of Diseases is published by the World Health Organization (WHO) and used worldwide for morbidity and mortality statistics, reimbursement systems, and automated decision support in health care. This system is designed to promote international comparability in the collection, processing, classification, and presentation of these statistics. As in the case of the analogous (but limited to mental and behavioral disorders) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM, currently in version 5), the ICD is a major project to statistically classify health disorders, and provide diagnostic assistance. The ICD is a core statistically-based classificatory diagnostic system for health care related issues of the WHO Family of International Classifications (WHO-FIC).
As part of the maintenance of this large collection of medical codes, there are periodically scheduled revisions and updates. That is where the version numbers (e.g. ICD-8, ICD-9) come from. The most recent active revision is ICD-10 and the work on it began in 1983, and the version ICD-11 is expected to be officially endorsed in 2017.
The classification values that relate only to osteoporosis are referred to as ICD 9 Codes. Like any other classification code, each ICD 9 code for osteoporosis identifies and relates to a specific condition that might be experienced by a patient diagnosed with osteoporosis.
This list contains values for each ICD 9 code for osteoporosis that is frequently used in the medical community when treating and identifying symptoms of osteoporosis:
- ICD 9 Code 733.00 – General code for osteoporosis or unspecified osteoporosis
- ICD 9 Code 733.01 – Senile osteoporosis and postmenopausal osteoporosis
- ICD 9 Code 733.02 – Idiopathic osteoporosis
- ICD 9 Code 733.03 – Disuse osteoporosis
- ICD 9 Code 733.09 – Drug-induced Osteoporosis or other osteoporosis
- ICD 9 Code 737.41 – Kyphosis (convex thoracic spine)
- ICD 9 Code 737.42 – Lordosis (concave lumbar spine)
- ICD 9 Code 737.43 – Scoliosis (lateral curvature in the spine)
- ICD 9 Code 737.40 – Unspecified
- ICD 9 Code 731.0 – Osteoporosis circumscripta
- ICD 9 Code 733.7 – Post-traumatic osteoporosis (covers the disuse bone atrophy)
- ICD 9 Code 733.00 – Wedging of vertebra NOS
- ICD 9 Code 733.12 – Wrist (Colles' fracture or distal radius)
- ICD 9 Code 733.13 – Fractures of vertebra
- ICD 9 Code 733.14 – Hip fractures
- ICD 9 Code 733.93 – Stress fracture of tibia or fibula
- ICD 9 Code 733.94 – Stress fracture of the metatarsals
- ICD 9 Code 733.95 – Stress fracture of other bone
- ICD 9 Code 733.96 – Stress fracture of femoral neck
- ICD 9 Code 733.97 – Stress fracture of shaft of femur
- ICD 9 Code 733.98 – Stress fracture of pelvis