Specific code 2014 ICD-9-CM Diagnosis Code 779.5
Drug withdrawal syndrome in newborn
  • Billable Code
  • Newborn/Neonate Only Dx (0 years)
  • Short description: NB drug withdrawal syndr.
  • ICD-9-CM 779.5 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 779.5 is a billable medical code that can be used to specify a diagnosis on a reimbursement claim.
Disease Synonyms
  • Neonatal drug withdrawal syndrome, maternal drug abuse
  • Neonatal drug withdrawal syndrome, maternal drugs of abuse
  • Neonatal drug withdrawal syndrome, maternal therapeutic drug
  • Neonatal drug withdrawal syndrome, mother prescription
  • Neonatal withdrawal symptoms from maternal use of drugs of addiction
  • Withdrawal symptoms from therapeutic use of drugs in newborn
Clinical Information
  • A constellation of signs and symptoms observable in a neonate that are consistent with maternal substance abuse or withdrawal while pregnant.
  • Fetal and neonatal addiction and withdrawal as a result of the mother's dependence on drugs during pregnancy. Withdrawal or abstinence symptoms develop shortly after birth. Symptoms exhibited are loud, high-pitched crying, sweating, yawning and gastrointestinal disturbances.
779.5 Excludes
  • fetal alcohol syndrome (760.71)
Applies To
  • Drug withdrawal syndrome in infant of dependent mother
ICD-9-CM Coding Information
  • 779.5 is only applicable to newborns of age 0 years.
Convert to ICD-10-CM: 779.5 converts approximately to:
  • 2014 ICD-10-CM P96.1 Neonatal withdrawal symptoms from maternal use of drugs of addiction
    Or:
  • 2014 ICD-10-CM P96.2 Withdrawal symptoms from therapeutic use of drugs in newborn
ICD-9-CM Volume 2 Index entries containing back-references to 779.5:
  • Abstinence symptoms or syndrome
    • neonatal 779.5
  • Dependence
    • drug NEC 304.9
      • analgesic NEC 304.6
      • combination (excluding morphine or opioid type drug) NEC 304.8
        • morphine or opioid type drug with any other drug 304.7
      • complicating pregnancy, childbirth, or puerperium 648.3
        • affecting fetus or newborn 779.5
      • hallucinogenic 304.5
      • hypnotic NEC 304.1
      • narcotic NEC 304.9
      • psychostimulant NEC 304.4
      • sedative 304.1
      • soporific NEC 304.1
      • specified type NEC 304.6
      • suspected damage to fetus affecting management of pregnancy 655.5
      • synthetic, with morphine-like effect 304.0
      • tranquilizing 304.1
  • Neonatal - see also condition
    • abstinence syndrome 779.5
  • Newborn (infant) (liveborn)
    • abstinence syndrome 779.5
  • Reaction
    • drug NEC (see also Table of Drugs and Chemicals) 995.20
      • allergic - see also Allergy, drug 995.27
      • correct substance properly administered 995.20
      • obstetric anesthetic or analgesic NEC 668.9
        • affecting fetus or newborn 763.5
        • specified drug - see Table of Drugs and Chemicals
      • overdose or poisoning 977.9
        • specified drug - see Table of Drugs and Chemicals
      • specific to newborn 779.4
      • transmitted via placenta or breast milk - see Absorption, drug, through placenta
      • withdrawal NEC 292.0
        • infant of dependent mother 779.5
      • wrong substance given or taken in error 977.9
        • specified drug - see Table of Drugs and Chemicals
  • Syndrome - see also Disease
    • drug withdrawal, infant, of dependent mother 779.5
    • withdrawal
      • alcohol 291.81
      • drug 292.0
        • infant of dependent mother 779.5
  • Withdrawal symptoms, syndrome
    • newborn, infant of dependent mother 779.5
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