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Cherry Angioma

Question: What would the correct ICD-10 code be for a diagnosis of cherry angioma?

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Answer: In ICD-10, the hemangioma diagnosis codes are distinct by anatomical site:

  • D18.00 – Hemangioma of unspecified site
  • D18.01 – … of skin and subcutaneous tissue
  • D18.02 – … of intracranial structures
  • D18.03 – … of intra-abdominal structures
  • D18.04 – … of other sites.

In a dermatology setting, you’d be most likely to encounter D18.01.

What is it? A cherry hemangioma is made up of clusters of capillaries at the surface of the skin, forming a small round dome-like shape. They can range in color from bright red to purple.