AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS - 2016 Issue 4; ICD-10-CM NEW/REVISED CODES

Choking Game

Code Y93.8, has been expanded to uniquely identify the choking game (Y93.85). Prior to this change, code Y93.8, Activities, other specified, was assigned for the choking game. The “choking game,” also known as passout game, blackout game, fainting game, knockout, flat line and other terms, is a strangulation activity to achieve a brief euphoria or high-like sensation related to hypoxia. The game involves some children and adolescents choking themselves or each other, by cutting off circulation to the carotid artery with their hands or a noose, which may be an article of clothing, a...

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