Specific code 2013 ICD-9-CM Diagnosis Code 281.8
Anemia associated with other specified nutritional deficiency
  • Short description: Nutritional anemia NEC.
  • ICD-9-CM 281.8 is a billable medical code that can be used to indicate a diagnosis on a reimbursement claim, however, 281.8 should only be used for claims with a date of service on or before September 30, 2015. For claims with a date of service on or after October 1, 2015, use an equivalent ICD-10-CM code (or codes).
  • You are viewing the 2013 version of ICD-9-CM 281.8.
  • More recent version(s) of ICD-9-CM 281.8: 2014 2015.
Convert to ICD-10-CM: 281.8 converts approximately to:
  • 2015/16 ICD-10-CM D53.2 Scorbutic anemia
  • 2015/16 ICD-10-CM D53.8 Other specified nutritional anemias
Approximate Synonyms
  • Anemia due to copper
  • Anemia due to copper deficiency
  • Anemia due to niacin deficiency
  • Anemia due to pantothenic deficiency
  • Anemia due to riboflavin deficiency
  • Anemia due to starvation
  • Anemia due to vitamin A deficiency
  • Anemia due to vitamin B>6< deficiency
  • Anemia due to vitamin E deficiency
  • Anemia due to zinc deficiency
  • Megaloblastic anemia due to dietary causes
  • Scorbutic anemia
  • Vitamin C deficiency anemia
  • Vitamin E deficiency anemia
Applies To
  • Scorbutic anemia
ICD-9-CM Volume 2 Index entries containing back-references to 281.8:
  • Achrestic anemia 281.8
  • Anemia 285.9
    • achrestic 281.8
    • diphasic 281.8
    • 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
    • pleochromic 285.9
      • of sprue 281.8
    • scorbutic 281.8
  • Scorbutus, scorbutic 267
    • anemia 281.8
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