Specific code 2015 ICD-9-CM Diagnosis Code 349.81
Cerebrospinal fluid rhinorrhea
  • 2015
  • Billable Code
  • ICD-9-CM 349.81 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 349.81 is a billable medical code that can be used to specify a diagnosis on a reimbursement claim.
Disease Synonyms
  • Rhinorrhea, cerebrospinal fluid
Clinical Information
  • Discharge of cerebrospinal fluid through the nose
  • Discharge of cerebrospinal fluid through the nose. Common etiologies include trauma, neoplasms, and prior surgery, although the condition may occur spontaneously. (otolaryngol head neck surg 1997 apr;116(4):442-9)
349.81 Excludes
  • cerebrospinal fluid otorrhea (388.61)
Convert to ICD-10-CM: 349.81 converts approximately to:
  • 2015 ICD-10-CM G96.0 Cerebrospinal fluid leak
ICD-9-CM Volume 2 Index entries containing back-references to 349.81:
  • Fistula (sinus) 686.9
    • cerebrospinal (fluid) 349.81
  • Rhinorrhea 478.19
    • cerebrospinal (fluid) 349.81
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