ICD-10 Diagnosis Code K90.3

Pancreatic steatorrhea

Diagnosis Code K90.3

ICD-10: K90.3
Short Description: Pancreatic steatorrhea
Long Description: Pancreatic steatorrhea
This is the 2017 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code K90.3

Code Classification
  • Diseases of the digestive system
    • Other diseases of the digestive system (K90-K95)
      • Intestinal malabsorption (K90)

Information for Medical Professionals

Diagnostic Related Groups
The diagnosis code K90.3 is grouped in the following Diagnostic Related Group(s) (MS-DRG v33.0)


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  • 579.4 - Pancreatic steatorrhea

  • Pancreatic malabsorption
  • Pancreatic steatorrhea
  • Postprocedural pancreatic steatorrhea

Information for Patients

Malabsorption Syndromes

Your small intestine does most of the digesting of the foods you eat. If you have a malabsorption syndrome, your small intestine cannot absorb nutrients from foods.

Causes of malabsorption syndromes include

  • Celiac disease
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Short bowel syndrome. This happens after surgery to remove half or more of the small intestine. You might need the surgery if you have a problem with the small intestine from a disease, injury, or birth defect.
  • Whipple disease, a rare bacterial infection
  • Genetic diseases
  • Certain medicines

Symptoms of different malabsorption syndromes can vary. They often include chronic diarrhea, abnormal stools, weight loss, and gas. Your doctor may use lab, imaging, or other tests to make a diagnosis.

Treatment of malabsorption syndromes depends on the cause.

  • Blind loop syndrome
  • D-xylose absorption
  • Fecal fat
  • Lower GI Series - NIH (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)
  • Malabsorption
  • Short bowel syndrome
  • Small bowel bacterial overgrowth
  • Stools - floating
  • Whipple's Disease - NIH (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)
  • Whipple's disease

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Pancreatic Diseases

The pancreas is a gland behind your stomach and in front of your spine. It produces juices that help break down food and hormones that help control blood sugar levels. Problems with the pancreas can lead to many health problems. These include

  • Pancreatitis, or inflammation of the pancreas: This happens when digestive enzymes start digesting the pancreas itself
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder in which thick, sticky mucus can also block tubes in your pancreas

The pancreas also plays a role in diabetes. In type 1 diabetes, the beta cells of the pancreas no longer make insulin because the body's immune system has attacked them. In type 2 diabetes, the pancreas loses the ability to secrete enough insulin in response to meals.

  • Acute pancreatitis
  • Amylase - blood
  • Annular pancreas
  • ERCP
  • Lipase test
  • Pancreatic pseudocyst
  • Zollinger-Ellison syndrome

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