Specific code 2014 ICD-9-CM Diagnosis Code 779.7
Periventricular leukomalacia
  • Billable Code
  • Short description: Perivent leukomalacia.
  • ICD-9-CM 779.7 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 779.7 is a billable medical code that can be used to specify a diagnosis on a reimbursement claim.
Clinical Information
  • Degeneration of white matter adjacent to the cerebral ventricles following cerebral hypoxia or brain ischemia in neonates. The condition primarily affects white matter in the perfusion zone between superficial and deep branches of the middle cerebral artery. Clinical manifestations include vision disorders; cerebral palsy; paraplegia; seizures; and cognitive disorders. (from Adams et al., Principles of Neurology, 6th ed, p1021; Joynt, Clinical Neurology, 1997, ch4, pp30-1)
  • Necrosis and softening of the white matter around the ventricles in the brain. It is usually seen in preterm infants and caused by lack of blood flow and oxygenation in the periventricular brain parenchyma.
Convert to ICD-10-CM: 779.7 converts approximately to:
  • 2014 ICD-10-CM P91.2 Neonatal cerebral leukomalacia
ICD-9-CM Volume 2 Index entries containing back-references to 779.7:
  • Leukomalacia, periventricular 779.7
  • Periventricular leukomalacia 779.7
ICD-9-CM codes are used in medical billing and coding to describe diseases, injuries, symptoms and conditions. ICD-9-CM 779.7 is one of thousands of ICD-9-CM codes used in healthcare. Although ICD-9-CM and CPT codes are largely numeric, they differ in that CPT codes describe medical procedures and services. Can't find a code? Start at the root of ICD-9-CM, check the 2014 ICD-9-CM Index or use the search engine at the top of this page to lookup any code.