Specific code 2014 ICD-9-CM Diagnosis Code 781.6
Meningismus
  • Billable Code
  • ICD-9-CM 781.6 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 781.6 is a billable medical code that can be used to specify a diagnosis on a reimbursement claim.
Disease Synonyms
  • Meningeal irritation (disorder)
Clinical Information
  • A condition characterized by neck stiffness, headache, and other symptoms suggestive of meningeal irritation, but without actual inflammation of the meninges (meningitis). Spinal fluid pressure may be elevated but spinal fluid is normal. (dejong, the neurologic examination, 4th ed, p673)
  • A condition marked by headache, fever, and a stiff neck, which is caused when the meninges (three thin layers of tissue that cover and protect the brain and spinal cord) become irritated. Meningeal syndrome may be caused by blood, cancer cells, or substances from the breakdown of cancer cells that get into the cerebrospinal fluid (csf). It may also be caused by infection with a bacterium, virus, or fungus.
  • A disorder characterized by neck stiffness, headache, and photophobia resulting from irritation of the cerebral meninges.
  • The symptoms of neck stiffness, headache, and photophobia resulting from meningeal irritation. Causes include subarachnoid hemorrhage and acute febrile diseases.
  • The triad of nuchal rigidity, photophobia and headache. Not the same as meningismus.
Applies To
  • Dupre's syndrome
  • Meningism
Convert to ICD-10-CM: 781.6 converts directly to:
  • 2014 ICD-10-CM R29.1 Meningismus
ICD-9-CM Volume 2 Index entries containing back-references to 781.6:
  • Disease, diseased - see also Syndrome
    • Dupré's (meningism) 781.6
  • Dupré's disease or syndrome (meningism) 781.6
  • Meningism (see also Meningismus) 781.6
  • Meningismus (infectional) (pneumococcal) 781.6
    • influenzal NEC (see also Influenza) 487.8
  • Rigid, rigidity - see also condition
    • nuchal 781.6
  • Syndrome - see also Disease
    • Dupré's (meningism) 781.6
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