According to ICD-9 Data, the correct medical code for cellulitis is 682.9. Code 682.9 can mean a myriad of conditions. It is used to describe an abscess, bacterial cellulitis, acute lymphangitis, injection site abscess, wound cellulitis, pyogenic abscess and more.
The code is changing on Oct. 1, 2015, when ICD-10 is instated in medical offices and hospitals across the United States. After Oct. 1, 2015, ICD-9 code 682.9 is going to be replaced by an equivalent, more specific code, states ICD-9 Data.
This code is used for billing purposes in order to bill insurance companies for reimbursement. It also may appear on patient medical bills.