What is the ICD-10 Code for Cerebral Palsy?

The ICD-10 Code for cerebral palsy is G80.9.

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  • G80.9 is a billable/specific ICD-10-CM code that can be used to indicate a diagnosis for reimbursement purposes.
  • The 2018 edition of ICD-10-CM G80.9 became effective on October 1, 2017.
  • This is the American ICD-10-CM version of G80.9 - other international versions of ICD-10 G80.9 may differ.

2012 ICD-9-CM Diagnosis Code 343.9

ICD-9-CM 343.9 is a billable medical code that can be used to indicate a diagnosis on a reimbursement claim, however, 343.9 should only be used for claims with a date of service on or before September 30, 2015.


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Definition of ICD-10 G80.9 Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is a group of neurological disorders that appear in infancy or early childhood and permanently affect body movement and muscle coordination. Cerebral palsy affects the motor area of the brain’s outer layer (called the cerebral cortex), the part of the brain that directs muscle movement, and also affects the ability to maintain posture and balance.

Those with cerebral palsy exhibit a wide variety of symptoms, including:

  • Lack of muscle coordination when performing voluntary movements (ataxia);
  • Stiff or tight muscles and exaggerated reflexes (spasticity);
  • Weakness in one or more arm or leg;
  • Walking on the toes, a crouched gait, or a “scissored” gait;
  • Variations in muscle tone, either too stiff or too floppy;
  • Excessive drooling or difficulties swallowing or speaking;
  • Shaking (tremor) or random involuntary movements;
  • Delays in reaching motor skill milestones; and difficulty with precise movements such as writing or buttoning a shirt.

A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the average prevalence of cerebral palsy is 3.3 children per 1,000 live births.

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