Sarcopenia: a deserving recipient of an Australian ICD‐10‐AM code

Jesse Zanker, David Scott, Sharon L Brennan‐Olsen and Gustavo Duque
Med J Aust 2020; 212 (1): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.50432
Published online: 13 January 2020

To the Editor: In July 2019, sarcopenia — a progressive and generalised skeletal muscle condition involving loss of skeletal muscle mass and function1 — was awarded a code in the International Classification of Diseases, tenth revision, Australian modification (ICD‐10‐AM). This recognition has arrived 30 years after Irwin Rosenberg first described the condition in 1989.2

  • Jesse Zanker1,2
  • David Scott1,3
  • Sharon L Brennan‐Olsen1
  • Gustavo Duque1,2

  • 1 Australian Institute of Musculoskeletal Science, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC
  • 2 Western Health, Melbourne, VIC
  • 3 Monash University, Melbourne, VIC



Jesse Zanker is supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship. David Scott is supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) RD Wright Biomedical Career Development Fellowship (GNT1123014). Sharon Brennan‐Olsen is supported by an NHMRC Career Development Fellowship (1107510).

Competing interests:

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