Ulcers - Diabetic foot only

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This page is about the pre-ICD10 diagnosis coding schema. See the ICD10 Diagnosis List, or the following for similar diagnoses in ICD10:Diabetes mellitus chronic complication: Foot ulcer

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Category: Dermatological Non-Infectious (old)


Category: Medical Problem (old)

Main Diagnosis: Ulcers - Diabetic foot only
Sub Diagnosis: ULCERS - DIABETIC FOOT only
Diagnosis Code:
  • 94600 - Ulcers - Diabetic foot only (generic)
  • 94601 - Stage 1 - surface reddening of skin
  • 94602 - Stage 2 - just under skin
  • 94603 - Stage 3 - deep-to muscle
  • 94604 - Stage 4 - full layer-to bone
  • 94605 - Unstageable - can't see wound bed
Comorbid Diagnosis: No
Charlson Comorbid coding (pre ICD10): 0
Program: CC & Med
Start Date: 2004-Feb

Consider all foot ulcers to be infected

Counter to the category these are in, per Dr Garland Sep 17, 2015 all diabetic foot ulcers are considered to be infected. Code Soft Tissue Infection (includes Cellulitis) if present.

When to use the generic dx

Use the generic entry when one of the following is true:

  • the wound was not assessed
  • there was insufficient info in the chart to determine stage

When to use the Unstageable dx

Wound bed can't be seen so true stage can't be determined.

Date Stages implemented

  • 2006-Feb-22: for stages 1-4
  • 2017-Aug-24: for unstageable