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

Intestinal Obstruction

New codes at subcategories K56.5, Intestinal adhesions [bands] with obstruction, K56.6, Other and unspecified intestinal obstruction, and K91.3, Postprocedural intestinal obstruction, will now identify the severity of the obstruction. The obstruction may be classified as partial (K56.51, K56.600, K56.690, K91.31) versus complete (K56.52, K56.601, K56.691, K91.32), or unspecified as to partial versus complete (K56.50, K56.609, K56.699, K91.30). Intestinal obstruction varies in severity, from partial or intermittent obstruction to complete obstruction. Physicians frequently describe intestinal obstruction as partial versus complete. These distinctions are relevant because...

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