API for ICD-9-CM, Procedures

ICD-9-CM (International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification) is a medical coding system for classifying diagnoses and reasons for visits in U.S. health care settings. Learn more about ICD-9-CM.

API Demo

The following demo shows how this API might be used with an autocompleter we've developed.

For further experimentation with the autocompleter and this API, try the autocompleter demo page.

API Documentation

API Base URL: https://clinicaltables.nlm.nih.gov/api/icd9cm_sg/v3/search (+ query string parameters)

This data set may also be accessed through the FHIR ValueSet $expand operation.

In addition to the base URL, you will need to specify other parameters. See the query string parameters section below for details.

Query String Parameters and Default Values

At a minimum, when using the above base URL, you will need to specify the "terms" parameter containing a word or partial word to match.

Parameter NameDefault ValueDescription
terms(Required.) The search string (e.g., just a part of a word) for which to find matches in the list. More than one partial word can be present in "terms", in which case there is an implicit AND between them.
maxList Optional, with a default of 7. Specifies the number of results requested, up to the upper limit of 500. If present but the value is empty, 500 will be used.
qAn optional, additional query string used to further constrain the results returned by the "terms" field. Unlike the terms field, "q" is not automatically wildcarded, but can include wildcards and can specify field names. See the Elasticsearch query string page for documentation of supported syntax.
dfcode_dotted, long_nameA comma-separated list of display fields (from the fields section below) which are intended for the user to see when looking at the results.
sfcode, code_dotted, short_name, long_nameA comma-separated list of fields to be searched.
cfcodeA field to regard as the "code" for the returned item data.
efA comma-separated list of additional fields to be returned for each retrieved list item. (See the Output format section for how the data for fields is returned.) If you wish the keys in the returned data hash to be something other than the field names, you can specify an alias for the field name by separating it from its field name with a colon, e.g., "ef=field_name1:alias1,field2,field_name3:alias3,etc. Note that not every field specified in the ef parameter needs to have an alias.

ICD-9-CM Procedures Field Descriptions

FieldField Description
codeThe ICD-9-CM procedure code, e.g., 210, 0780.
code_dottedThe decimal version of the ICD-9-CM procedure code, e.g., 21.0, 07.80
short_nameThe abbreviated name of the procedure.
long_nameThe full name of the procedure.

Output format

Output for an API query is an array of the following elements:

  1. The total number of results on the server (which can be more than the number returned). For APIs in which there are millions of records, this number might be a lower bound due to early termination if there are more than a hundred thousand results.
  2. An array of codes for the returned items. (This is the field specified with the cf query parameter above.)
  3. A hash of the "extra" data requested via the "ef" query parameter above. The keys on the hash are the fields (or their requested aliases) named in the "ef" parameter, and the value for a field is an array of that field's values in the same order as the returned codes.
  4. An array, with one element for each returned code, where each element is an array of the display strings specified with the "df" query parameter.
  5. An array, with one element for each returned code, where each element is the "code system" for the returned code. Note that only code-system aware APIs will return this array.

Sample API Queries

QueryResultDescription
https://clinicaltables.nlm.nih.gov/api/icd9cm_sg/v3/search?terms=08[49,["0821","0831","0836","0843","0859","0864","0873"],null,[["0821","Excision of chalazion"],["0831","Repair of blepharoptosis by frontalis muscle technique with suture"],["0836","Repair of blepharoptosis by other techniques"],["0843","Repair of entropion or ectropion with wedge resection"],["0859","Other adjustment of lid position"],["0864","Reconstruction of eyelid with tarsoconjunctival flap"],["0873","Reconstruction of eyelid involving lid margin, full-thickness"]]] Returns a list of 7 (out of 49 total) ICD-9-CM procedure codes and names where the code starts with "08".
https://clinicaltables.nlm.nih.gov/api/icd9cm_sg/v3/search?terms=brai&ef=short_name[20,["0113","0118","0159","0212","1761","9377","0019"],{"short_name":["Closed brain biopsy","Other brain dx procedure","Other brain excision","Brain meninge repair NEC","LITT lesn brain,guidance","Braille or moon training","BBBD via infusion"]},[["0113","Closed [percutaneous] [needle] biopsy of brain"],["0118","Other diagnostic procedures on brain and cerebral meninges"],["0159","Other excision or destruction of lesion or tissue of brain"],["0212","Other repair of cerebral meninges"],["1761","Laser interstitial thermal therapy [LITT] of lesion or tissue of brain under guidance"],["9377","Training in braille or moon"],["0019","Disruption of blood brain barrier via infusion [BBBD]"]]] Returns a list of 7 (out of 20 total) ICD-9-CM procedure codes and names where the names (or other searchable fields) contain words beginning with "brai". Note that the "ef=short_name" parameter caused the short_name (abbreviated names) to be returned as well.