Specific code 2011 ICD-9-CM Diagnosis Code 331.3
Communicating hydrocephalus
  • Short description: Communicat hydrocephalus.
  • ICD-9-CM 331.3 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 331.3 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 331.3.
  • More recent version(s) of ICD-9-CM 331.3: 2012 2013 2014.
Disease Synonyms
  • Hydrocephalus, communicating
331.3 Excludes
  • congenital hydrocephalus (742.3)
  • idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus (331.5)
  • normal pressure hydrocephalus (331.5)
  • spina bifida with hydrocephalus (741.0)
Applies To
  • Secondary normal pressure hydrocephalus
Convert to ICD-10-CM: 331.3 converts directly to:
  • 2014 ICD-10-CM G91.0 Communicating hydrocephalus
ICD-9-CM Volume 2 Index entries containing back-references to 331.3:
  • Block
    • foramen Magendie (acquired) 331.3
      • congenital 742.3
        • with spina bifida (see also Spina bifida) 741.0
  • Hydrocephalus (acquired) (external) (internal) (malignant) (noncommunicating) (obstructive) (recurrent) 331.4
    • communicating 331.3
    • foramen Magendie block (acquired) 331.3
      • congenital 742.3
        • with spina bifida (see also Spina bifida) 741.0
    • normal pressure 331.5
      • idiopathic (INPH) 331.5
      • secondary 331.3
  • Syndrome - see also Disease
    • malabsorption 579.9
      • postsurgical 579.3
      • spinal fluid 331.3
    • spinal cord injury - see also Injury, spinal, by site
      • with fracture, vertebra - see Fracture, vertebra, by site, with spinal cord injury
      • cervical - see Injury, spinal, cervical
      • fluid malabsorption (acquired) 331.3
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