AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-9 - 2009 Issue 4; VOLUMES 1 & 2 NEW/REVISED CODES

Pouchitis

Effective October 1, 2009, a new subcategory, 569.7, Complications of intestinal pouch, has been created and includes two new codes: 569.71, Pouchitis, and 569.79, Other complications of intestinal pouch. Pouchitis is a nonspecific inflammation of an internal ileoanal pouch, which has been created following removal of part of the colon. The ileoanal pouch eliminates the need to wear an external ostomy appliance. During the procedure, the surgeon uses part of the patient's small intestine to create an internal pouch for the storage of stool, allowing for predictable and controllable bowel movements. One of the most common...

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