ICD-10 Diagnosis Code K70.4

Alcoholic hepatic failure

Diagnosis Code K70.4

ICD-10: K70.4
Short Description: Alcoholic hepatic failure
Long Description: Alcoholic hepatic failure
This is the 2017 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code K70.4

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The code K70.4 is a "header" and not valid for submission for HIPAA-covered transactions.

Code Classification
  • Diseases of the digestive system (K00–K93)
    • Diseases of liver (K70-K77)
      • Alcoholic liver disease (K70)

Information for Medical Professionals

Information for Patients


Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse

Also called: Alcohol dependence

For most adults, moderate alcohol use is probably not harmful. However, about 18 million adult Americans have an alcohol use disorder. This means that their drinking causes distress and harm. It includes alcoholism and alcohol abuse.

Alcoholism, or alcohol dependence, is a disease that causes

  • Craving - a strong need to drink
  • Loss of control - not being able to stop drinking once you've started
  • Physical dependence - withdrawal symptoms
  • Tolerance - the need to drink more alcohol to feel the same effect

With alcohol abuse, you are not physically dependent, but you still have a serious problem. The drinking may cause problems at home, work, or school. It may cause you to put yourself in dangerous situations, or lead to legal or social problems.

Another common problem is binge drinking. It is drinking about five or more drinks in two hours for men. For women, it is about four or more drinks in two hours.

Too much alcohol is dangerous. Heavy drinking can increase the risk of certain cancers. It can cause damage to the liver, brain, and other organs. Drinking during pregnancy can harm your baby. Alcohol also increases the risk of death from car crashes, injuries, homicide, and suicide.

If you want to stop drinking, there is help. Start by talking to your health care provider. Treatment may include medicines, counseling, and support groups.

NIH: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

  • Alcohol use disorder (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Alcohol withdrawal (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Alcoholic ketoacidosis (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Alcoholic liver disease (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Alcoholic neuropathy (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Deciding to quit drinking alcohol (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Health risks of alcohol use (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Helping a loved one with a drinking problem (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • When you are drinking too much - tips for cutting back (Medical Encyclopedia)


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Liver Diseases

Also called: Hepatic disease

Your liver is the largest organ inside your body. It helps your body digest food, store energy, and remove poisons.

There are many kinds of liver diseases:

  • Diseases caused by viruses, such as hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C
  • Diseases caused by drugs, poisons, or too much alcohol. Examples include fatty liver disease and cirrhosis.
  • Liver cancer
  • Inherited diseases, such as hemochromatosis and Wilson disease

Symptoms of liver disease can vary, but they often include swelling of the abdomen and legs, bruising easily, changes in the color of your stool and urine, and jaundice, or yellowing of the skin and eyes. Sometimes there are no symptoms. Tests such as imaging tests and liver function tests can check for liver damage and help to diagnose liver diseases.

  • ALP isoenzyme test (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Ascites (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Diet - liver disease (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Hepatic encephalopathy (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Hepatomegaly (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Liver disease (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Liver scan (Medical Encyclopedia)


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