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Shwachman Diamond Syndrome has an IDC 10 code: D61.0

Your doctor may not be using this code as of yet but it is good to have him/her put it in your file for when the US does adopt the 10th revision of the codes sometime in 2012.

The International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems 10th Revision (ICD-10) is a coding of diseases, signs and symptoms, abnormal findings, complaints, social circumstances and external causes of injury or diseases, as classified by the World Health Organization (WHO).[1] The code set allows more than 14,400 different codes and permits the tracking of many new diagnoses. Using optional subclassifications, the codes can be expanded to over 16,000 codes. Using codes that are meant to be reported in a separate data field, the level of detail that is reported by ICD can be further increased, using a simplified multiaxial approach.

WHO provides detailed information about ICD online, and makes available a set of materials online, such as an ICD-10 online browser,[2] ICD10Training ICD-10 online training,[3] ICD-10 online training support,[4] and study guide materials for download.

Some 25 countries use ICD-10 for reimbursement and resource allocation in their health system. A few of them made modifications to ICD to better accommodate this use of ICD-10. The article below makes reference to some of these modifications. The unchanged international version of ICD-10 is used in about 110 countries ICD-10 for cause of death reporting and statistics.


What Do the Numbers Mean? ICD-09, ICD-10 and Others

ICD codes were first developed in 1893 in France by a physician, Jacques Bertillion. They were called the Bertillon Classification of Causes of Death. In 1898, they were adopted in the United States, and were considered, in effect, ICD-1 because that was the first version of code numbers.

Since then, as medical science has progressed and new diagnoses have been developed, named and described, the code lists have been updated. The number designation changes when the updates are so extensive that a wholesale change needs to be made. There may be annual updates, too, but those are considered to be relatively minor, and the basic code set doesn't change. For example, the upgrade in 1949, ICD-6, was the first time mental disorders were added to the code set. The upgrade in 1977 to ICD-9 was the first time procedure codes were added, and the CM designation was included.