Specific code 2015 ICD-9-CM Diagnosis Code 993.3
Caisson disease
  • 2015
  • Billable Code
  • ICD-9-CM 993.3 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 993.3 is a billable medical code that can be used to specify a diagnosis on a reimbursement claim.
Disease Synonyms
  • Bends
  • Decompression sickness
Clinical Information
  • A condition occurring as a result of exposure to a rapid fall in ambient pressure. Gases, nitrogen in particular, come out of solution and form bubbles in body fluid and blood. These gas bubbles accumulate in joint spaces and the peripheral circulation impairing tissue oxygenation causing disorientation, severe pain, and potentially death
Applies To
  • Bends
  • Compressed-air disease
  • Decompression sickness
  • Divers' palsy or paralysis
Convert to ICD-10-CM: 993.3 converts approximately to:
  • 2015 ICD-10-CM T70.3XXA Caisson disease [decompression sickness], initial encounter
ICD-9-CM Volume 2 Index entries containing back-references to 993.3:
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