ICD-10 Diagnosis Code J93.11

Primary spontaneous pneumothorax

Diagnosis Code J93.11

ICD-10: J93.11
Short Description: Primary spontaneous pneumothorax
Long Description: Primary spontaneous pneumothorax
This is the 2017 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code J93.11

Code Classification
  • Diseases of the respiratory system
    • Other diseases of the pleura (J90-J94)
      • Pneumothorax and air leak (J93)

Information for Medical Professionals

Diagnostic Related Groups
The diagnosis code J93.11 is grouped in the following Diagnostic Related Group(s) (MS-DRG v33.0)


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  • 512.81 - Prim spont pneumothorax

  • Primary spontaneous pneumothorax
  • Spontaneous pneumothorax

Information for Patients

Pleural Disorders

Your pleura is a large, thin sheet of tissue that wraps around the outside of your lungs and lines the inside of your chest cavity. Between the layers of the pleura is a very thin space. Normally it's filled with a small amount of fluid. The fluid helps the two layers of the pleura glide smoothly past each other as your lungs breathe air in and out.

Disorders of the pleura include

  • Pleurisy - inflammation of the pleura that causes sharp pain with breathing
  • Pleural effusion - excess fluid in the pleural space
  • Pneumothorax - buildup of air or gas in the pleural space
  • Hemothorax - buildup of blood in the pleural space

Many different conditions can cause pleural problems. Viral infection is the most common cause of pleurisy. The most common cause of pleural effusion is congestive heart failure. Lung diseases, like COPD, tuberculosis, and acute lung injury, cause pneumothorax. Injury to the chest is the most common cause of hemothorax. Treatment focuses on removing fluid, air, or blood from the pleural space, relieving symptoms, and treating the underlying condition.

NIH: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

  • Chest tube insertion
  • Collapsed lung (pneumothorax)
  • Empyema
  • Hemothorax
  • Lung surgery
  • Metastatic pleural tumor
  • Pleural effusion
  • Pleurisy
  • Pneumothorax - infants

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Primary spontaneous pneumothorax Primary spontaneous pneumothorax is an abnormal accumulation of air in the space between the lungs and the chest cavity (called the pleural space) that can result in the partial or complete collapse of a lung. This type of pneumothorax is described as primary because it occurs in the absence of lung disease such as emphysema. Spontaneous means the pneumothorax was not caused by an injury such as a rib fracture. Primary spontaneous pneumothorax is likely due to the formation of small sacs of air (blebs) in lung tissue that rupture, causing air to leak into the pleural space. Air in the pleural space creates pressure on the lung and can lead to its collapse. A person with this condition may feel chest pain on the side of the collapsed lung and shortness of breath.Blebs may be present on an individual's lung (or lungs) for a long time before they rupture. Many things can cause a bleb to rupture, such as changes in air pressure or a very sudden deep breath. Often, people who experience a primary spontaneous pneumothorax have no prior sign of illness; the blebs themselves typically do not cause any symptoms and are visible only on medical imaging. Affected individuals may have one bleb to more than thirty blebs. Once a bleb ruptures and causes a pneumothorax, there is an estimated 13 to 60 percent chance that the condition will recur.
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