Diagnosis Code I26
Information for Medical Professionals
References found for the code I26 in the Index of Diseases and Injuries:
- Includes Notes: Includes Notes
This note appears immediately under a three character code title to further define, or give examples of, the content of the category.
- pulmonary (acute) (artery)(vein) infarction
- pulmonary (acute) (artery)(vein) thromboembolism
- pulmonary (acute) (artery)(vein) thrombosis
- Type 2 Excludes Notes: "And"
The word “and” should be interpreted to mean either “and” or “or” when it appears in a title.
- chronic pulmonary embolism (I27.82)
- personal history of pulmonary embolism (Z86.711)
- pulmonary embolism complicating abortion, ectopic or molar pregnancy (O00-O07, O08.2)
- pulmonary embolism complicating pregnancy, childbirth and the puerperium (O88.-)
- pulmonary embolism due to trauma (T79.0, T79.1)
- pulmonary embolism due to complications of surgical and medical care (T80.0, T81.7-, T82.8-)
- septic (non-pulmonary) arterial embolism (I76)
Information for Patients
Also called: Blood clots in the lung
A pulmonary embolism is a sudden blockage in a lung artery. The cause is usually a blood clot in the leg called a deep vein thrombosis that breaks loose and travels through the bloodstream to the lung. Pulmonary embolism is a serious condition that can cause
- Permanent damage to the affected lung
- Low oxygen levels in your blood
- Damage to other organs in your body from not getting enough oxygen
If a clot is large, or if there are many clots, pulmonary embolism can cause death.
Half the people who have pulmonary embolism have no symptoms. If you do have symptoms, they can include shortness of breath, chest pain or coughing up blood. Symptoms of a blood clot include warmth, swelling, pain, tenderness and redness of the leg. The goal of treatment is to break up clots and help keep other clots from forming.
NIH: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
- Coughing up blood
- D-dimer test
- Pulmonary embolus