ICD-10 Diagnosis Code K38.2

Diverticulum of appendix

Diagnosis Code K38.2

ICD-10: K38.2
Short Description: Diverticulum of appendix
Long Description: Diverticulum of appendix
This is the 2017 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code K38.2

Code Classification
  • Diseases of the digestive system
    • Diseases of appendix (K35-K38)
      • Other diseases of appendix (K38)

Information for Medical Professionals

Diagnostic Related Groups
The diagnosis code K38.2 is grouped in the following Diagnostic Related Group(s) (MS-DRG v33.0)


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  • Diverticulum of appendix

Information for Patients

Colonic Diseases

Also called: Large intestine diseases

Your colon, also known as the large intestine, is part of your digestive system. It's a long, hollow tube at the end of your digestive tract where your body makes and stores stool. Many disorders affect the colon's ability to work properly. Some of these include

  • Colorectal cancer
  • Colonic polyps - extra tissue growing in the colon that can become cancerous
  • Ulcerative colitis - ulcers of the colon and rectum
  • Diverticulitis - inflammation or infection of pouches in the colon
  • Irritable bowel syndrome - an uncomfortable condition causing abdominal cramping and other symptoms

Treatment for colonic diseases varies greatly depending on the disease and its severity. Treatment may involve diet, medicines and in some cases, surgery.

NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

  • Angiodysplasia of the colon
  • Colitis
  • Colonoscopy
  • Hirschsprung disease
  • Intestinal ischemia and infarction
  • Large bowel resection
  • Lower GI Series - NIH (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)

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Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis

Also called: Diverticular disease

Diverticula are small pouches that bulge outward through the colon, or large intestine. If you have these pouches, you have a condition called diverticulosis. It becomes more common as people age. About half of all people over age 60 have it. Doctors believe the main cause is a low-fiber diet.

Most people with diverticulosis don't have symptoms. Sometimes it causes mild cramps, bloating or constipation. Diverticulosis is often found through tests ordered for something else. For example, it is often found during a colonoscopy to screen for cancer. A high-fiber diet and mild pain reliever will often relieve symptoms.

If the pouches become inflamed or infected, you have a condition called diverticulitis. The most common symptom is abdominal pain, usually on the left side. You may also have fever, nausea, vomiting, chills, cramping, and constipation. In serious cases, diverticulitis can lead to bleeding, tears, or blockages. Your doctor will do a physical exam and imaging tests to diagnose it. Treatment may include antibiotics, pain relievers, and a liquid diet. A serious case may require a hospital stay or surgery.

NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

  • Bland diet
  • Colonoscopy
  • Diverticulitis
  • Diverticulitis and diverticulosis - discharge
  • Diverticulosis
  • Large bowel resection - discharge
  • Low-fiber diet
  • Lower GI Series - NIH (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)
  • Virtual colonoscopy

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