Specific code 2014 ICD-9-CM Diagnosis Code 344.9
Paralysis, unspecified
  • Billable Code
  • Short description: Paralysis NOS.
  • ICD-9-CM 344.9 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 344.9 is a billable medical code that can be used to specify a diagnosis on a reimbursement claim.
Disease Synonyms
  • Paralysis
  • Paralytic syndrome
  • Paresis as late effect of poliomyelitis (disorder)
  • Paresis, late effects of poliomyelitis
Clinical Information
  • (pa-ral-ih-sis) loss of ability to move all or part of the body.
  • A general term most often used to describe severe or complete loss of muscle strength due to motor system disease from the level of the cerebral cortex to the muscle fiber. This term may also occasionally refer to a loss of sensory function. (from Adams et al., Principles of Neurology, 6th ed, p45)
  • Loss of ability to move all or part of the body.
  • Paralysis is the loss of muscle function in part of your body. It happens when something goes wrong with the way messages pass between your brain and muscles. Paralysis can be complete or partial. It can occur on one or both sides of your body. It can also occur in just one area, or it can be widespread. Paralysis of the lower half of your body, including both legs, is called paraplegia. Paralysis of the arms and legs is quadriplegia. Most paralysis is due to strokes or injuries such as spinal cord injury or a broken neck. Other causes of paralysis include
    • nerve diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
    • autoimmune diseases such as guillain-barre syndrome
    • bell's palsy, which affects muscles in the face
    polio used to be a cause of paralysis, but polio no longer occurs in the United States
  • Partial or complete loss of function of one or more muscles. It is usually caused by damage to the nervous system.
  • Severe loss or impairment of motor function in part due to lesion of the neural or muscular mechanism.
Convert to ICD-10-CM: 344.9 converts approximately to:
  • 2014 ICD-10-CM G83.9 Paralytic syndrome, unspecified
ICD-9-CM Volume 2 Index entries containing back-references to 344.9:
  • Palsy (see also Paralysis) 344.9
    • brain - see also Palsy, cerebral
      • noncongenital or noninfantile 344.89
        • late effect - see Late effect(s) (of) cerebrovascular disease
      • syphilitic 094.89
    • cerebral (congenital) (infantile) (spastic) 343.9
      • athetoid 333.71
      • diplegic 343.0
        • late effect - see Late effect(s) (of) cerebrovascular disease
      • hemiplegic 343.1
      • monoplegic 343.3
      • noncongenital or noninfantile 437.8
        • late effect - see Late effect(s) (of) cerebrovascular disease
      • paraplegic 343.0
      • quadriplegic 343.2
      • spastic, not congenital or infantile 344.89
      • syphilitic 094.89
      • tetraplegic 343.2
    • cranial nerve - see also Disorder, nerve, cranial
    • Erb's (birth injury) 767.6
    • Klumpke (-Déjérine) 767.6
    • lead 984.9
      • specified type of lead - see Table of Drugs and Chemicals
    • median nerve (tardy) 354.0
    • peroneal nerve (acute) (tardy) 355.3
    • progressive supranuclear 333.0
    • radial nerve (acute) 354.3
    • shaking (see also Parkinsonism) 332.0
    • specified nerve NEC - see Disorder, nerve
    • ulnar nerve (tardy) 354.2
  • Paralysis, paralytic (complete) (incomplete) 344.9
    • with
      • broken
        • back - see Fracture, vertebra, by site, with spinal cord injury
        • neck - see Fracture, vertebra, cervical, with spinal cord injury
      • fracture, vertebra - see Fracture, vertebra, by site, with spinal cord injury
      • syphilis 094.89
    • abdomen and back muscles 355.9
    • apoplectic (current episode) (see also Disease, cerebrovascular, acute) 436
      • late effect - see Late effect(s) (of) cerebrovascular disease
    • arm 344.40
      • affecting
      • both 344.2
      • hysterical 300.11
      • late effect - see Late effect(s) (of) cerebrovascular disease
      • psychogenic 306.0
      • transient 781.4
        • traumatic NEC (see also Injury, nerve, upper limb) 955.9
    • arteriosclerotic (current episode) 437.0
      • late effect - see Late effect(s) (of) cerebrovascular disease
    • ascending (spinal), acute 357.0
    • atrophic 356.9
      • infantile, acute (see also Poliomyelitis, with paralysis) 045.1
      • muscle NEC 355.9
      • progressive 335.21
      • spinal (acute) (see also Poliomyelitis, with paralysis) 045.1
    • attack (see also Disease, cerebrovascular, acute) 436
    • bowel, colon, or intestine (see also Ileus) 560.1
    • brain
      • congenital - see Palsy, cerebral
      • current episode 437.8
      • diplegia 344.2
        • late effect - see Late effect(s) (of) cerebrovascular disease
      • hemiplegia 342.9
        • late effect - see Late effect(s) (of) cerebrovascular disease
      • infantile - see Palsy, cerebral
      • monoplegia - see also Monoplegia
        • late effect - see Late effect(s) (of) cerebrovascular disease
      • paraplegia 344.1
      • quadriplegia - see Quadriplegia
      • syphilitic, congenital 090.49
      • triplegia 344.89
    • bulbar (chronic) (progressive) 335.22
      • infantile (see also Poliomyelitis, bulbar) 045.0
      • poliomyelitic (see also Poliomyelitis, bulbar) 045.0
      • pseudo 335.23
      • supranuclear 344.89
    • cardiac (see also Failure, heart) 428.9
    • cerebral
      • current episode 437.8
      • spastic, infantile - see Palsy, cerebral
    • Charcôt-Marie-Tooth type 356.1
    • childhood - see Palsy, cerebral
    • colon (see also Ileus) 560.1
    • compression
      • arm NEC 354.9
      • cerebral - see Paralysis, brain
      • leg NEC 355.8
      • lower extremity NEC 355.8
      • upper extremity NEC 354.9
    • congenital (cerebral) (spastic) (spinal) - see Palsy, cerebral
    • conjugate movement (of eye) 378.81
      • cortical (nuclear) (supranuclear) 378.81
    • cordis (see also Failure, heart) 428.9
    • cortical (see also Paralysis, brain) 437.8
    • cranial or cerebral nerve (see also Disorder, nerve, cranial) 352.9
    • descending (spinal) NEC 335.9
    • diaphragm (flaccid) 519.4
      • due to accidental section of phrenic nerve during procedure 998.2
    • diplegic - see Diplegia
    • due to intracranial or spinal birth injury - see Palsy, cerebral
    • embolic (current episode) (see also Embolism, brain) 434.1
      • late effect - see Late effect(s) (of) cerebrovascular disease
    • enteric (see also Ileus) 560.1
      • with hernia - see Hernia, by site, with obstruction
    • Erb's syphilitic spastic spinal 094.89
    • Erb (-Duchenne) (birth) (newborn) 767.6
    • essential, infancy (see also Poliomyelitis) 045.9
    • extremity
      • lower - see Paralysis, leg
      • spastic (hereditary) 343.3
        • noncongenital or noninfantile 344.1
      • transient (cause unknown) 781.4
      • upper - see Paralysis, arm
    • glossopharyngeal (nerve) 352.2
    • glottis (see also Paralysis, vocal cord) 478.30
    • heart (see also Failure, heart) 428.9
    • hemifacial, progressive 349.89
    • hemiplegic - see Hemiplegia
    • hyperkalemic periodic (familial) 359.3
    • hypertensive (current episode) 437.8
    • hypoglossal (nerve) 352.5
    • hypokalemic periodic 359.3
    • Hyrtl's sphincter (rectum) 569.49
    • ileus (see also Ileus) 560.1
    • infantile (see also Poliomyelitis) 045.9
      • atrophic acute 045.1
      • bulbar 045.0
      • cerebral - see Palsy, cerebral
      • paralytic 045.1
      • progressive acute 045.9
      • spastic - see Palsy, cerebral
      • spinal 045.9
    • infective (see also Poliomyelitis) 045.9
    • inferior nuclear 344.9
    • insane, general or progressive 094.1
    • intestine (see also Ileus) 560.1
    • intracranial (current episode) (see also Paralysis, brain) 437.8
      • due to birth injury 767.0
    • ischemic, Volkmann's (complicating trauma) 958.6
    • isolated sleep, recurrent 327.43
    • Jamaica ginger (jake) 357.7
    • Klumpke (-Déjérine) (birth) (newborn) 767.6
    • labioglossal (laryngeal) (pharyngeal) 335.22
    • laryngeal nerve (recurrent) (superior) (see also Paralysis, vocal cord) 478.30
    • larynx (see also Paralysis, vocal cord) 478.30
      • due to diphtheria (toxin) 032.3
    • late effect
      • due to
        • birth injury, brain or spinal (cord) - see Palsy, cerebral
        • edema, brain or cerebral - see Paralysis, brain
        • lesion
          • late effect - see Late effect(s) (of) cerebrovascular disease
          • spinal (cord) - see Paralysis, spinal
    • lead 984.9
      • specified type of lead - see Table of Drugs and Chemicals
    • left side - see Hemiplegia
    • levator palpebrae superioris 374.31
    • limb NEC 344.5
      • all four - see Quadriplegia
      • quadriplegia - see Quadriplegia
    • lower limb - see also Paralysis, leg
      • both (see also Paraplegia) 344.1
    • monoplegic - see Monoplegia
    • motor NEC 344.9
      • cerebral - see Paralysis, brain
      • spinal - see Paralysis, spinal
    • multiple
      • cerebral - see Paralysis, brain
      • spinal - see Paralysis, spinal
    • musculocutaneous nerve 354.9
    • normokalemic periodic 359.3
    • obstetrical, newborn 767.7
    • oculofacial, congenital 352.6
    • palatopharyngolaryngeal 352.6
    • periodic (familial) (hyperkalemic) (hypokalemic) (normokalemic) (potassium sensitive) (secondary) 359.3
    • peripheral
      • autonomic nervous system - see Neuropathy, peripheral, autonomic
      • nerve NEC 355.9
    • pneumogastric nerve 352.3
    • poliomyelitis (current) (see also Poliomyelitis, with paralysis) 045.1
    • pressure (see also Neuropathy, entrapment) 355.9
    • quadriplegic (see also Quadriplegia) 344.0
    • recurrent
      • isolated sleep 327.43
      • laryngeal nerve (see also Paralysis, vocal cord) 478.30
    • right side - see Hemiplegia
    • saturnine 984.9
      • specified type of lead - see Table of Drugs and Chemicals
    • secondary - see Paralysis, late effect
    • seizure (cerebral) (current episode) (see also Disease, cerebrovascular, acute) 436
      • late effect - see Late effect(s) (of) cerebrovascular disease
    • senile NEC 344.9
    • shaking (see also Parkinsonism) 332.0
    • shock (see also Disease, cerebrovascular, acute) 436
      • late effect - see Late effect(s) (of) cerebrovascular disease
    • spasmodic - see Paralysis, spastic
    • spastic 344.9
      • cerebral infantile - see Palsy, cerebral
      • congenital (cerebral) - see Palsy, cerebral
      • familial 334.1
      • hereditary 334.1
      • infantile 343.9
      • noncongenital or noninfantile, cerebral 344.9
      • syphilitic 094.0
    • sphincter, bladder (see also Paralysis, bladder) 596.53
    • spinal (cord) NEC 344.1
      • accessory nerve 352.4
      • acute (see also Poliomyelitis) 045.9
      • ascending acute 357.0
      • atrophic (acute) (see also Poliomyelitis, with paralysis) 045.1
      • congenital NEC 343.9
      • hemiplegic - see Hemiplegia
      • hereditary 336.8
      • infantile (see also Poliomyelitis) 045.9
      • late effect NEC 344.89
      • monoplegic - see Monoplegia
      • nerve 355.9
      • progressive 335.10
      • quadriplegic - see Quadriplegia
      • spastic NEC 343.9
      • traumatic - see Injury, spinal, by site
    • stroke (current episode) - see Infarct, brain
      • late effect - see Late effect(s) (of) cerebrovascular disease
    • superior nuclear NEC 334.9
    • sympathetic
      • cervical NEC 337.09
      • nerve NEC (see also Neuropathy, peripheral, autonomic) 337.9
      • nervous system - see Neuropathy, peripheral, autonomic
    • syndrome 344.9
    • syphilitic spastic spinal (Erb's) 094.89
    • thrombotic (current episode) (see also Thrombosis, brain) 434.0
      • late effect - see Late effect(s) (of) cerebrovascular disease
    • Todd's (postepileptic transitory paralysis) 344.89
    • transient
      • arm or leg NEC 781.4
      • traumatic NEC (see also Injury, nerve, by site) 957.9
    • traumatic, transient NEC (see also Injury, nerve, by site) 957.9
    • trembling (see also Parkinsonism) 332.0
    • upper limb - see also Paralysis, arm
      • both (see also Diplegia) 344.2
    • uremic - see Uremia
    • uveoparotitic 135
    • vesical (see also Paralysis, bladder) 596.53
    • Volkmann's (complicating trauma) 958.6
  • Paresis (see also Paralysis) 344.9
    • bladder (spastic) (sphincter) (see also Paralysis, bladder) 596.53
    • bowel, colon, or intestine (see also Ileus) 560.1
    • brain or cerebral - see Paralysis, brain
    • heart (see also Failure, heart) 428.9
    • infantile (see also Poliomyelitis) 045.9
    • late effect - see Paralysis, late effect
    • peripheral progressive 356.9
    • senile NEC 344.9
    • vesical (sphincter) NEC 596.53
  • Syndrome - see also Disease
    • paralytic 344.9
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