icd 10 code for carbuncle of scalp

by Jerrold Rohan 8 min read

Carbuncle of head [any part, except face]
L02. 831 is a billable/specific ICD-10-CM code that can be used to indicate a diagnosis for reimbursement purposes. The 2022 edition of ICD-10-CM L02. 831 became effective on October 1, 2021.

What is the ICD-10 code for carbuncle?

ICD-10 code L02 for Cutaneous abscess, furuncle and carbuncle is a medical classification as listed by WHO under the range - Diseases of the skin and subcutaneous tissue .

What is code L02?

L02: Cutaneous abscess, furuncle and carbuncle.

What is diagnosis code l30 8?

8: Other specified dermatitis.

What is the ICD-10 code for boil?

Cutaneous abscess, furuncle and carbuncle L02-

What is the difference between a furuncle and a carbuncle?

Furuncles (boils) are skin abscesses caused by staphylococcal infection, which involve a hair follicle and surrounding tissue. Carbuncles are clusters of furuncles connected subcutaneously, causing deeper suppuration and scarring. They are smaller and more superficial than subcutaneous abscesses.

What is a skin carbuncle?

Carbuncle. A carbuncle is a cluster of boils — painful, pus-filled bumps — that form a connected area of infection under the skin. A boil is a painful, pus-filled bump that forms under your skin when bacteria infect and inflame one or more of your hair follicles.

What is the ICD-10 code for folliculitis?

ICD-10-CM Code for Folliculitis decalvans L66. 2.

What is the ICD-10 code for skin lesion?

ICD-10-CM Code for Disorder of the skin and subcutaneous tissue, unspecified L98. 9.

What is epidermal Spongiosis?

Spongiosis is a well-established histologic hallmark of the epidermis in eczema. It is characterized by the diminution and rounding of keratinocytes (condensation), and widening of intercellular spaces resulting in a spongelike appearance of the epidermis that can lead to formation of small intraepidermal vesicles.

Why do carbuncles occur?

Most carbuncles are caused by the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus (S aureus). A carbuncle is a cluster of several skin boils (furuncles). The infected mass is filled with fluid, pus, and dead tissue. Fluid may drain out of the carbuncle, but sometimes the mass is so deep that it cannot drain on its own.

What is the meaning of furuncle?

“Furuncle” is another word for a “boil.” Boils are bacterial infections of hair follicles that also involve the surrounding tissue. The infected hair follicle can be on any part of your body, not only your scalp.

What statement is true regarding coding of carbuncles and furuncles?

Which statement is true regarding coding of carbuncles and furuncles in ICD-10-CM? There are separate codes for carbuncles and furuncles. Rationale: There are separate codes for a furuncle versus a carbuncle.

The ICD code L02 is used to code Boil

A boil, also called a furuncle, is a deep folliculitis, infection of the hair follicle. It is most commonly caused by infection by the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus, resulting in a painful swollen area on the skin caused by an accumulation of pus and dead tissue. Boils which are expanded are basically pus-filled nodules.


This is the official approximate match mapping between ICD9 and ICD10, as provided by the General Equivalency mapping crosswalk. This means that while there is no exact mapping between this ICD10 code L02.831 and a single ICD9 code, 680.8 is an approximate match for comparison and conversion purposes.