ICD stands for international statistical classification of diseases; ICD 9 code for rheumatoid arthritis is therefore a code that is used to classify diagnoses and deaths caused by rheumatoid arthritis internationally. ICD 9 code for rheumatoid arthritis is usually in alphanumeric form and is usually given to the disease diagnoses and symptoms description. Once you are diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, you are assigned the rheumatoid arthritis code and wherever you are in the world, the rheumatologist will be able to recognize the code, both for the disease and the symptoms that show you are suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. The ICD 9 code for rheumatoid are designed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and that is why they are internationally understood by all doctors.
The ICD 9 code for rheumatoid arthritis diagnoses is ICD-9-CM 714.0; it state that the diagnoses of rheumatoid arthritis include inflammation of the joints, especially the synovial membranes and articular structures of the joints. It also causes destruction of the collagen fibers and the bone structure around the joints. ICD 9 code for rheumatoid arthritis further elaborates rheumatoid arthritis as a chronic disease that affects the human joints whose real cause still remains unknown other than the many theories that circulate trying to explain its cause.
Code 714.30 is another ICD 9 code for rheumatoid arthritis that describes the diagnoses for the poly articular rheumatoid arthritis in juveniles. The juvenile rheumatoid arthritis is shortened as Juv rheum arthritis and it is manifest itself in children in three different ways during the first months of its onset in the body. These different ways depend on a child and therefore it is not necessarily that all children suffering from rheumatoid arthritis will have the same symptoms. The three ways in which Juv rheum arthritis manifest itself in the body include polyarticular onset, systematic onset and pauciarticular onset. With the pauciarticular onset, the rheumatoid factor of the child is always positive; in the other two cases it is not a must that the rheumatoid factor be positive. The pauciarticular onset of rheumatoid arthritis also resembles adult arthritis as compared to the other two onsets.
Among the problems that are explained by the ICD code 9 for rheumatoid arthritis include hand deformity due to rheumatoid arthritis; the hand joints are classified among the small joints of the body that are the first to be affected by rheumatoid arthritis. Other problems include the deformity of the foot which is also among the first parts that are affected by rheumatoid arthritis as it is also in the small joints category, deformity of the wrist, myopathy as a result of rheumatoid arthritis, multiple nerve disorder due to rheumatoid arthritis, post immunization of the wrists, attack of the ankles by rheumatoid arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis of the elbow among other diagnoses.
You will find that the ICD 9 code of rheumatoid arthritis explains all the diagnoses of rheumatoid arthritis and the effect each of these have on the patient. When the doctor scribbles these codes in your clinic card, wherever you go in the world to seek treatment, the other doctor will understand your condition as the code is universally applied and accepted.