Specific code 2014 ICD-9-CM Diagnosis Code 348.2
Benign intracranial hypertension
  • Billable Code
  • Short description: Pseudotumor cerebri.
  • ICD-9-CM 348.2 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 348.2 is a billable medical code that can be used to specify a diagnosis on a reimbursement claim.
Disease Synonyms
  • Idiopathic intracranial hypertension
  • Pseudotumor cerebri
Clinical Information
  • A condition marked by raised intracranial pressure and characterized clinically by headaches; nausea; papilledema, peripheral constriction of the visual fields, transient visual obscurations, and pulsatile tinnitus. Obesity is frequently associated with this condition, which primarily affects women between 20 and 44 years of age. Chronic papilledema may lead to optic nerve injury (see optic nerve diseases) and visual loss (see blindness).
  • An idiopathic disorder characterized by chronic increase in the intracranial pressure. It occurs predominantly in obese females of childbearing age. It is associated with papilledema.
348.2 Excludes
  • hypertensive encephalopathy (437.2)
Applies To
  • Pseudotumor cerebri
Convert to ICD-10-CM: 348.2 converts directly to:
  • 2014 ICD-10-CM G93.2 Benign intracranial hypertension
ICD-9-CM Volume 2 Index entries containing back-references to 348.2:
  • Hydrocephalus (acquired) (external) (internal) (malignant) (noncommunicating) (obstructive) (recurrent) 331.4
    • otitic 348.2
  • Meningitis (basal) (basic) (basilar) (brain) (cerebral) (cervical) (congestive) (diffuse) (hemorrhagic) (infantile) (membranous) (metastatic) (nonspecific) (pontine) (progressive) (simple) (spinal) (subacute) (sympathetica) (toxic) 322.9
    • serous NEC (see also Meningitis, aseptic) 047.9
      • lymphocytic 049.0
      • syndrome 348.2
  • Otitic hydrocephalus 348.2
  • Pressure
    • increased
      • intracranial 781.99
        • due to
          • benign intracranial hypertension 348.2
          • hydrocephalus -see hydrocephalus
          • injury at birth 767.8
      • intraocular 365.00
  • Pseudohydrocephalus 348.2
  • Pseudotumor
    • cerebri 348.2
  • Symonds' syndrome 348.2
  • Syndrome - see also Disease
    • serous meningitis 348.2
    • Symonds' 348.2
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