Spooky ICD-10 Codes to Look Out for on Halloween

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Spooky ICD-10 Codes to Look Out for on Halloween

October is here and it’s the month of spooks, vampires, witches, and werewolves. With the celebration of Halloween, here are some ICD-10 codes you may see this season.


Did you just hear something creepy or is your mind playing tricks on you? If a ghost whispers in your ear or you see a headless specter, there is a code for that:

  • R44.0 Auditory hallucinations
  • R44.1 Visual hallucinations


If a vampire-related injury occurs, look to these ICD-10 codes:

  • K03.0 Excessive attrition of teeth
  • S10.17 Other superficial bite of throat
  • S10.8 Superficial injury of other specified parts of neck
  • S11.95X Open bite of unspecified part of neck, initial encounter
  • X32.XXXA Exposure to sunlight, initial encounter
  • Y04.1 Assault by human bite


When someone is morphing into a werewolf, these ICD-10 codes will cover the diagnosis:

  • Q84.2 Other congenital malformations of hair
  • L68.0 Hirsutism


The witches may be brewing up something dangerous. If you try it, be prepared to code it:

  • T62.8X1A Toxic effect of other specified noxious substances eaten as food, accidental (unintentional), initial encounter

Too Much Candy?

Did you raid your children’s Halloween candy bag? If so, be careful of these afflictions:

  • R63.2 Polyphagia
  • T50.3X1A Poisoning by electrolytic, caloric and water-balance agents, accidental (unintentional), initial encounter
  • T78.01 Anaphylactic reaction due to peanuts

Other Halloween-related Injuries

While carving pumpkins, look to this code if you land yourself in the emergency room with a knife-related injury:

  • Y93.D Activities involving arts and handcrafts

If you pet the black cat who crosses your path, you may end up with this:

  • A28.1 Cat-scratch disease

When Halloween costume masks obstruct your view, you may need this code after a trip to your doctor:

  • W22.02XA Walked into lamppost, initial encounter

Hopefully, you and those you know won’t need to use any of these codes during October. Be safe this Halloween!

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