Exciting news! Yesterday the federal Tick-borne Disease Working Group (of…
Alpha-gal Syndrome ICD-10-CM: Z91.014
Z91.014 – Allergy to mammalian meats
Until recently, healthcare providers didn’t have a designated medical diagnosis (ICD-10-CM) code available to track the rapidly growing allergy to sugar molecule galactose alpha-1, 3 galactose, otherwise known as Alpha-gal Syndrome (AGS).
To address this problem, the Alpha-gal Syndrome Subcommittee of the Tick-borne Disease Working Group (on which TBCU CoFounder Beth Carrison served as Patient Advocate Representative) made the recommendation to update the diagnostic code.
As recommended in the Tick-borne Disease Working Group 2020 Report to Congress:
“To overcome diagnostic challenges, advances in diagnostic tools are needed to further evaluate the prevalence of alpha-gal-specific antibodies in humans. In addition, the assignment of a diagnosis code for alpha-gal would help accumulate more accurate prevalence data (Z91.018, allergy to other foods, is the currently used ICD 10 code).”