ICD-10 Diagnosis Code I26

Pulmonary embolism

Diagnosis Code I26

ICD-10: I26
Short Description: Pulmonary embolism
Long Description: Pulmonary embolism
This is the 2017 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code I26

Code Classification
  • Diseases of the circulatory system
    • Pulmonary heart disease and diseases of pulmonary circulation (I26-I28)
      • Pulmonary embolism (I26)

Information for Medical Professionals

Index of Diseases and Injuries
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Information for Patients

Pulmonary Embolism

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

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