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Photocontact Dermatitis M024

Last amended 
28 June 2015

Current RMA Instruments:

Reasonable Hypothesis SOP
108 of 2011
Balance of Probabilities SOP 
109 of 2011
Changes from Previous Instruments:

SOP Bulletin 153

ICD Coding:
  • ICD-9-CM Codes: 692.72
  • ICD-10-AM Codes: L56.2

Photocontact dermatitis means inflammation of an area of the skin resulting from a particular substance coming in contact with that part of the skin whilst that same part of the skin is exposed to light.  This definition includes phototoxic contact dermatitis and photoallergic contact dermatitis.  This definition excludes photocontact-type dermatitis due to ingesting a substance and exposing the affected skin to light.

Is specific diagnostic evidence required to apply the SOP? – No.
Are there sub-factors that require specific information? – No.
Additional diagnoses covered by SOP
  • Allergic photocontact dermatitis
  • Irritant photocontact dermatitis
Conditions not covered by SOP
  • Allergic contact dermatitis, use ICD codes 692.0-2, 692.81 & 692.83
  • Irritant contact dermatitis, use ICD code 692.89
  • Systemic contact dermatitis, ICD codes 693.0-9
  • Dermatitis due a substance taken internally, ICD codes 693.0-9
  • Sunburn, ICD code 692.71 / not a disease
Unconfirmed diagnosis

If, after applying the above information, you are unable to confirm the diagnosis, you should then:

  • seek medical officer advice about further investigation, or;
  • generate a diagnostic report, or;
  • re-encode the condition, if appropriate.

The following may be useful in establishing the diagnosis:

  • Report from treating doctor.