ICD-10 Diagnosis Code K56.5

Intestinal adhesions w obst (postprocedural) (postinfection)

Diagnosis Code K56.5

ICD-10: K56.5
Short Description: Intestinal adhesions w obst (postprocedural) (postinfection)
Long Description: Intestinal adhesions [bands] with obstruction (postprocedural) (postinfection)
This is the 2017 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code K56.5

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The code K56.5 is valid for submission for HIPAA-covered transactions.

Code Classification
  • Diseases of the digestive system (K00–K93)
    • Other diseases of intestines (K55-K64)
      • Paralytic ileus and intestinal obstruction without hernia (K56)

Information for Medical Professionals

Diagnostic Related Groups
The diagnosis code K56.5 is grouped in the following Diagnostic Related Group(s) (MS-DRG v33.0)

  • G.I. OBSTRUCTION WITH MCC 388
  • G.I. OBSTRUCTION WITH CC 389
  • G.I. OBSTRUCTION WITHOUT CC/MCC 390

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  • 560.81 - Intestinal adhes w obstr

Synonyms
  • Intestinal adhesions with obstruction
  • Peritoneal adhesions with obstruction

Index of Diseases and Injuries
References found for the code K56.5 in the Index of Diseases and Injuries:


Information for Patients


Adhesions

Also called: Abdominal adhesions

Adhesions are bands of scar-like tissue. Normally, internal tissues and organs have slippery surfaces so they can shift easily as the body moves. Adhesions cause tissues and organs to stick together. They might connect the loops of the intestines to each other, to nearby organs, or to the wall of the abdomen. They can pull sections of the intestines out of place. This may block food from passing through the intestine.

Adhesions can occur anywhere in the body. But they often form after surgery on the abdomen. Almost everyone who has surgery on the abdomen gets adhesions. Some adhesions don't cause any problems. But when they partly or completely block the intestines, they cause symptoms such as

  • Severe abdominal pain or cramping
  • Vomiting
  • Bloating
  • An inability to pass gas
  • Constipation

Adhesions can sometimes cause infertility in women by preventing fertilized eggs from reaching the uterus.

No tests are available to detect adhesions. Doctors usually find them during surgery to diagnose other problems.

Some adhesions go away by themselves. If they partly block your intestines, a diet low in fiber can allow food to move easily through the affected area. If you have a complete intestinal obstruction, it is life threatening. You should get immediate medical attention and may need surgery.

NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

  • Abdominal Adhesions - NIH (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)
  • Adhesion (Medical Encyclopedia)


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Intestinal Obstruction

Also called: Bowel obstruction, Intestinal volvulus, Paralytic ileus

An intestinal obstruction occurs when food or stool cannot move through the intestines. The obstruction can be complete or partial. There are many causes. The most common are adhesions, hernias, cancers, and certain medicines.

Symptoms include

  • Severe abdominal pain or cramping
  • Vomiting
  • Bloating
  • Loud bowel sounds
  • Swelling of the abdomen
  • Inability to pass gas
  • Constipation

A complete intestinal obstruction is a medical emergency. It often requires surgery.

NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

  • Intestinal obstruction (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Intestinal obstruction repair (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Intestinal or bowel obstruction - discharge (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Intussusception - children (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Small bowel resection (Medical Encyclopedia)


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