Top 13 Pokémon Go ICD-10 codes physicians need to know

August 29, 2016

If you have yet to hear about Pokémon Go, the new app that is taking over the world-it topped 15 million downloads in just its first week-you probably will or have already started seeing its results in the form of your patients.

 

 

 

If you have yet to hear about Pokémon Go, the new app that is taking over the world-it topped 15 million downloads in just its first week-you probably will or have already started seeing its results in the form of your patients.

 

Related: 20 bizarre new ICD-10 codes

 

Read on to find out which ICD-10 codes doctors need to know when treating their Pokémon Go patients and stay ahead of the game-both literally and figuratively.

 

 

 

 

 

13. G43.C1 Periodic headache syndromes in child or adult-intractable

When your 25-year-old patient has been starring at their screen for 10 hours straight because they really wanted to evolve their Eevee.

 

 

 

 

 

12. Y04.2XXA Assault by strike against or bumped into by another person-initial encounter

The mob of kids  wanted that Snorlax very badly.

 

 

 

 

 

11. R25.0 Abnormal head movements

“I was walking home tracking a Charmander, but then a Jigglypuff showed up on my left and I jerked real fast to run and catch it.”

 

 

 

 

 

10. E86.0 Dehydration

Forty-five Pokémon caught today, hatched a 10km egg, evolved 5 different Pokémon…forgot to drink any water.

 

 

 

 

 

9. T71.233A Asphyxiation due to being trapped in a (discarded) refrigerator – assault – initial encounter

“There was a Squirtle in my fridge!”

 

 

 

 

 

8. G56.0 Carpal tunnel syndrome

When your patient tells you they played on their cell phone until they caught 100 Oddishes so they could get the final evolution…and it took two weeks.

 

 

 

 

 

7. R45.7 State of emotional shock and stress – unspecified

“I really wanted to catch that Vaporeon to complete my Pokedex, but it ran away.”

 

 

 

 

 

6. R41.82 altered mental status- unspecified

Patient hasn’t slept in over 36 hours, but they caught a Bulbasaur at 4 a.m. outside their house so it’s okay.

 

 

 

 

 

5. T67.0XXA Heatstroke and sunstroke – initial encounter

Pokémon Go was released in July, instantly becoming a hit, while this summer has been record-breaking hot-reaching 110 degrees in some parts of the U.S.

 

 

 

 

4. R53.82 Chronic fatigue – unspecified

Patient: “I’ve managed to catch all 151 Pokémon, but I think I forgot to eat breakfast, and lunch, and maybe dinner. I’m not sure, I forget…but Dratini!”

 

 

 

 

 

3. Y32XXXA Crashing of motor vehicle – undetermined intent – initial encounter

Texting while driving has turned into Pokémon Go and driving.

 

 

 

 

 

2. W15.XXX Fall from cliff – initial encounter

Make sure your patients keep an eye on their surroundings, or they may not see that they are about to walk off a cliff.

 

 

 

 

 

1. R63.4 Abnormal weight loss

Probably the best side-effect of the phone app? Unintended exercise.