AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS - 2019 Issue 1; Ask the Editor

Drug-Induced Diarrhea

A patient with uterine adenocarcinoma was admitted for a small bowel obstruction. During the hospitalization, she was restarted on chemotherapy, which caused profuse diarrhea, and the provider documented “diarrhea secondary to Cisplatin.” In ICD-10-CM, the Index to Diseases classifies drug-induced diarrhea to code K52.1, Toxic gastroenteritis and colitis. Is it correct to assume based on this index entry that all drug-induced diarrhea, including diarrhea due to drugs such as antibiotics, are considered toxic? ...

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