7 Halloween ICD-10 Codes to Get You in the Spooky Spirit (Turtle Included)

Tue, Oct 25, 2016 --


Code update season is intense. In fact a commenter recently wrote in that her brain is fried. That made me want to find an ICD-10 code for fried brains. (I can’t be the only one, right?) I haven’t had much luck with that, but it put me in the mood to find other diagnosis codes that seemed Oct. 31-appropriate.

Ghost With the Most

There are some ghostly goodies in the ICD-10 Index.

How would you code ghost teeth? Use K00.4 (Disturbances in tooth formation). This code applies to regional odontodysplasia, the more clinical name for ghost teeth, brittle teeth that appear more transparent than normal teeth on X-rays.

There are ghost vessels, too. An issue like lack of oxygen to the cornea (be careful with those contact lenses) can cause new vessels to grow. Once oxygen is sufficient again, the vessels empty of blood, but remain as clear vessels. The codes for these vessels are in subcategory H16.41- (Ghost vessels [corneal]).

Halloween ICD10 ghost

Mummy Makeover

Suppose an innocent little mummy was minding his own business when a black cat came along and started playing with the mummy’s bandages. The mummy might need some medical attention to get rewrapped: Z48.00 (Encounter for change or removal of nonsurgical wound dressing). OK … That one’s a stretch, but I liked the photo. I suppose I could have gone with Y93.D1 (Activity, knitting and crocheting).

mummy bandages ICD-10

Devil of a Time

Fun fact: You can find some interesting colloquial names for diseases in the ICD-10 Index.

Case in point: How would you code devil’s grip?

Use B33.0 (Epidemic myalgia). This contagious condition can cause stabbing or cramping pain in the chest, but fortunately it usually goes away in a few days. Another fun name for this condition? The Grasp of the Phantom.

ICD10 Halloween devils grip


Witch’s Brew

If you’ve ever wondered if you can be accidentally poisoned by pumpkin seed extract or not consume enough witch hazel, ICD-10 says, yes, you can. And there are codes for that.

For pumpkin seed extract poisoning, the ICD-10 Index points to T37.4X1- (Poisoning by anthelminthics, accidental [unintentional]).

Underdosing of witch hazel is indexed to T49.2X6- (Underdosing of local astringents and local detergents).

Halloween ICD10 pumpkin witch


The Headless Turtleman

Finally, it’s become a tradition to include W59.22XA (Struck by turtle, initial encounter) in SuperCoder ICD-10 roundups. So, this Halloween, beware of getting struck by the Headless Turtleman! He has a tendency to run into things … slowly.

ICD10 turtle


Deborah works on a wide range of TCI SuperCoder projects, researching and writing about coding, as well as assisting with data updates and tool development for our online coding solutions. Since joining TCI in 2004, she’s covered the ins and outs of coding for radiology, cardiology, oncology and hematology, orthopedics, audiology, and more.


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