Specific code 2014 ICD-9-CM Diagnosis Code 372.53
Conjunctival xerosis
  • Billable Code
  • ICD-9-CM 372.53 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 372.53 is a billable medical code that can be used to specify a diagnosis on a reimbursement claim.
Disease Synonyms
  • Bilat conjunctival xerosis
  • Bilateral conjunctival xerosis
  • Conjunctival xerosis, both eyes
  • L conjunctival xerosis
  • Left conjunctival xerosis
  • R conjunctival xerosis
  • Right conjunctival xerosis
Clinical Information
  • Dryness of the eye due to inadequate production of tears. Causes include vitamin a deficiency, sjogren syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, and scleroderma.
  • Dryness of the eye surfaces caused by deficiency of tears or conjunctival secretions. It may be associated with vitamin a deficiency, trauma, or any condition in which the eyelids do not close completely.
  • Dryness of the eye surfaces caused by deficiency of tears or conjunctival secretions; may be associated with vitamin a deficiency, trauma, or any condition in which the eyelids do not close completely.
372.53 Excludes
Convert to ICD-10-CM: 372.53 converts approximately to:
  • 2014 ICD-10-CM H11.149 Conjunctival xerosis, unspecified, unspecified eye
ICD-9-CM Volume 2 Index entries containing back-references to 372.53:
  • Spots, spotting
    • interpalpebral 372.53
  • Xerophthalmia 372.53
    • vitamin A deficiency 264.7
  • Xerosis
    • conjunctiva 372.53
      • with Bitôt's spot 372.53
        • vitamin A deficiency 264.1
      • vitamin A deficiency 264.0
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