Specific code 2011 ICD-9-CM Diagnosis Code 281.9
Unspecified deficiency anemia
  • Short description: Deficiency anemia NOS.
  • ICD-9-CM 281.9 will be replaced by an equivalent ICD-10-CM code (or codes) when the United States transitions from ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM on October 1, 2015.
  • ICD-9-CM 281.9 is a billable medical code that can be used to specify a diagnosis on a reimbursement claim.
  • You are viewing the 2011 version of ICD-9-CM 281.9.
  • More recent version(s) of ICD-9-CM 281.9: 2012 2013 2014.
Disease Synonyms
  • Acute megaloblastic anemia
  • Anemia chronic
  • Anemia, acrostic
  • Anemia, chronic
  • Anemia, macrocytic
  • Anemia, megaloblastic
  • Anemia, megaloblastic, acute
  • Anemia, nutritional
  • Anemia, simple, chronic
  • Chronic anemia
  • Macrocytic anemia
  • Megaloblastic anemia
  • Nutritional anemia
  • Simple chronic anemia
Applies To
  • Anemia:
    • dimorphic
    • macrocytic
    • megaloblastic NOS
    • nutritional NOS
    • simple chronic
Convert to ICD-10-CM: 281.9 converts approximately to:
  • 2014 ICD-10-CM D53.9 Nutritional anemia, unspecified
ICD-9-CM Volume 2 Index entries containing back-references to 281.9:
  • Anemia 285.9
    • chronic simple 281.9
    • dimorphic 281.9
    • macrocytic 281.9
    • malnutrition 281.9
    • megaloblastic 281.9
      • combined B12 and folate deficiency 281.3
      • nutritional (of infancy) 281.2
      • of infancy 281.2
      • of or complicating pregnancy 648.2
      • refractory 281.3
      • specified NEC 281.3
    • megalocytic 281.9
    • nutritional (deficiency) 281.9
      • with
        • poor iron absorption 280.9
        • specified deficiency NEC 281.8
      • due to inadequate dietary iron intake 280.1
      • megaloblastic (of infancy) 281.2
    • simple chronic 281.9
  • Megalocytic anemia 281.9
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