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January 14, 2016

14 ICD-10 Codes That Defy Belief

Summary:

Some of the new ICD-10 codes illustrate the totally bizarre ways in which people manage to injure themselves.

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For every medical diagnosis, disease, injury, symptom, complaint and procedure, healthcare professionals use a specific code to maintain consistent outcomes, data assessment and billing. These codes, formerly called the ICD-9, are a set of characters and numbers that have experienced a series of revisions since they were first put into place. As of Oct. 1, 2015, the ICD-10 (International Classification of Diseases, Revision 10) is in effect.

With such a wide range of known diseases, ailments, symptoms and more, ICD-10 codes can get a little wacky. The infographic below illustrates 14 of the most unusual codes that illustrate the totally bizarre ways in which people manage to injure themselves. From an ice skater’s initial collision with a stationary object to computer keyboarding injuries, the ICD-10 codes don’t miss a trick.

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