Cause codes: physiological

A physiological reaction or event caused the injury. For coding purposes, divided into two types:

  • Physiological reaction to plants or animals
  • Physiological event (not plant or animal based)


Cause code explanations
Use code... ...if this is the cause Examples include these... ...but not these
1010 Reaction to contact with animal or animal dander. Includes but not limited to exposure to animal dander, urine, saliva,  and serum.   

Reaction to insect or animal venom

Includes spiders, snakes, scorpions, bees (anaphylactic shock)  

Reaction to contact with plant

Includes poison ivy, poison oak, plant thorn, peanuts 

1000 Other physiological reaction to plants or animals A physiological reaction to a Biological Hazard (living substances) not covered in 1010-1030.  
1610 Allergic reaction    
1620  Epileptic seizure     
1610  Other physiological reaction or event (not plant or animal based) A physiological event is characterized by the vital functioning of body organs, and is a personal medical condition.  Includes asthma, fainting, illness. 

Allergic reactions (1610)

Epileptic seizure (1620)

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