Happy St Patrick’s Day, everyone! To celebrate this classic holiday, we decided to brainstorm all things St Patty-related and see whether there is an ICD-10 code associated...which is somewhere on the fun scale between getting pinched by someone and playing beer pong with green beer. Let’s get started!
Green sickness (D50.8): The color green has long been associated with St Patrick’s Day, Ireland, and more, although there are many possible origins for the association. Here are some of the more common ones: Ireland is often referred to as ‘the Emerald Isle,’ St Patrick apparently used a green clover to describe the basic tenets of Catholicism, and green is prominent in the national flag (one of three colors). Or, you could go with this slightly-more-exciting version of the story: