Specific code 2014 ICD-9-CM Diagnosis Code 256.4
Polycystic ovaries
  • Billable Code
  • Female Only Dx
  • ICD-9-CM 256.4 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 256.4 is a billable medical code that can be used to specify a diagnosis on a reimbursement claim.
Disease Synonyms
  • Isosexual virilization
  • Virilization, isosexual
Clinical Information
  • A complex disorder characterized by infertility, hirsutism; obesity; and various menstrual disturbances such as oligomenorrhea; amenorrhea; anovulation. Polycystic ovary syndrome is usually associated with bilateral enlarged ovaries studded with atretic follicles, not with cysts. The term, polycystic ovary, is misleading.
  • A condition marked by infertility, enlarged ovaries, menstrual problems, high levels of male hormones, excess hair on the face and body, acne, and obesity. Women with pcos have an increased risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and endometrial cancer.
  • A disorder that manifests as multiple cysts on the ovaries. It results in hormonal imbalances and leads to irregular and abnormal menstrual periods, excess growth of hair, acne eruptions and obesity.
  • A health problem that can affect a woman's menstrual cycle, fertility, hormones, insulin production, heart, blood vessels, and appearance
  • A non-neoplastic disorder characterized by bilateral polycystic and enlarged ovaries. Clinical signs include amenorrhea, oligomenorrhea, infertility, obesity, hirsutism, and virilism.
  • Clinical symptom complex characterized by presence of multiple cysts on the ovaries, oligomenorrhea or amenorrhea, anovulation and regularly associated with excessive amounts of body hair (hirsuitism), excessive body weight, infertility and insulin resistance.
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (pcos) happens when a woman's ovaries or adrenal glands produce more male hormones than normal. One result is that cysts (fluid-filled sacs) develop on the ovaries. Women who are obese are more likely to have polycystic ovary syndrome.symptoms of pcos include:
  • infertility
  • pelvic pain
  • excess hair growth on the face, chest, stomach, thumbs, or toes
  • baldness or thinning hair
  • acne, oily skin, or dandruff
  • patches of thickened dark brown or black skin
  • women with pcos are at higher risk of diabetes, metabolic syndrome, heart disease, and high blood pressure.medicines can help control the symptoms. Birth control pills help women have normal periods, reduce male hormone levels, and clear acne. Other medicines can reduce hair growth and control blood pressure and cholesterol. There is no cure. nih: national institute of child health and human development
Applies To
  • Isosexual virilization Stein-Leventhal syndrome
ICD-9-CM Coding Information
  • 256.4 is only applicable to female patients.
Convert to ICD-10-CM: 256.4 converts directly to:
  • 2014 ICD-10-CM E28.2 Polycystic ovarian syndrome
ICD-9-CM Volume 2 Index entries containing back-references to 256.4:
  • Disease, diseased - see also Syndrome
    • ovary (noninflammatory) NEC 620.9
  • Polycystic (congenital) (disease) 759.89
    • ovary, ovaries 256.4
  • Sclerocystic ovary (syndrome) 256.4
  • Stein's syndrome (polycystic ovary) 256.4
  • Stein-Leventhal syndrome (polycystic ovary) 256.4
  • Syndrome - see also Disease
    • bilateral polycystic ovarian 256.4
    • sclerocystic ovary 256.4
    • Stein's (polycystic ovary) 256.4
    • Stein-Leventhal (polycystic ovary) 256.4
  • Virilization (female) (suprarenal) (see also Virilism) 255.2
    • isosexual 256.4
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