AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS - 2017 Issue 4; New/Revised ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Codes

Clostridium Difficile Enterocolitis

Code A04.7, Enterocolitis due to Clostridium difficile, has been expanded to distinguish recurrent (A04.71) and not specified as recurrent (A04.72). Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) is a bacterium that causes inflammation of the colon. C. difficile causes antibiotic-associated colitis by colonizing the intestinal tract after normal gut flora is altered by antibiotic therapy. It is one of the most common healthcare associated infections and a significant cause of morbidity and an important cause of infectious disease death in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), C. difficile was estimated to cause...

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