As the patient to know that is an alphanumeric combination that put the doctor in his medical records is understandable, detailed diagnosis? And it's not just about curiosity – it is just that many people are accustomed to control the situation, and the uncertainty this contributes little.

International classification of diseases and related health 10th revision (ICD-10)

The current classification was adopted by the 43 world Health Assembly in 1989. The principle is simple – all disease and health problems were divided into 21 classes, classes combined related diseases and health problems, such as the principle of systems affected group of coded diseases.

How to decode a diagnosis

To decrypt the diagnosis, knowing its encoding in ICD-10, you need to understand the principle of the hierarchy of disease on this system. Classes in it are denoted by capital letters of the Latin alphabet (e.g., uppercase letter "I" refers to the ninth grade of ICD-10, coding of diseases of the circulatory system). Followed by a two digit numeric code representing a specific disease of this class (for example, code "I11" refers to hypertensive heart disease with a primary lesion of the heart). Then follows the third number sign, separated from the main point, indicating type of disease or the presence or view of its complications (e.g., code I11.0" is encoded hypertensive heart disease with a primary lesion of the heart with congestive heart failure).4

There are classifiers used in medical institutions for the encoding and decoding of diagnoses. Russian language version published in three volumes. In the first two volumes printed codes and decoding of all diseases combined into classes that are arranged in order of the alphabet. The third volume contains a list of diagnoses in the Russian language, arranged in alphabetical order with the code ICD. There are electronic versions with a search function, by which any person, knowing the diagnosis code according to ICD-10 may find its transcript, even if he previously anything about it not even heard. Electronic versions are distributed on CDs among healthcare workers, but now have the opportunity to find them online, making them affordable for almost everyone.

Using this classification of diagnoses greatly simplifies the work of doctors, and for clarification, the patient can always contact your healthcare specialist or on their own to find a diagnosis code in the classifier.