ICD-10 Diagnosis Code O74.9

Complication of anesthesia during labor and delivery, unsp

Diagnosis Code O74.9

ICD-10: O74.9
Short Description: Complication of anesthesia during labor and delivery, unsp
Long Description: Complication of anesthesia during labor and delivery, unspecified
This is the 2017 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code O74.9

Code Classification
  • Pregnancy, childbirth and the puerperium
    • Complications of labor and delivery (O60-O77)
      • Complications of anesthesia during labor and delivery (O74)

Information for Medical Professionals

Code Edits
The following edits are applicable to this code:
Maternity diagnoses Additional informationCallout TooltipMaternity diagnoses
Maternity. Age range is 12–55 years inclusive (e.g., diabetes in pregnancy, antepartum pulmonary complication).

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Diagnoses for females only.

Diagnostic Related Groups
The diagnosis code O74.9 is grouped in the following Diagnostic Related Group(s) (MS-DRG v33.0)


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  • Complications of anesthesia during labor and delivery
  • Obstetrical complication of anesthesia
  • Obstetrical complication of local anesthesia
  • Obstetrical complication of sedation

Information for Patients


If you are having surgery, your doctor will give you medicine called an anesthetic. Anesthetics reduce or prevent pain. There are three main types:

  • Local - numbs one small area of the body. You stay awake and alert.
  • Regional - blocks pain in an area of the body, such an arm or leg. A common type is epidural anesthesia, which is often used during childbirth.
  • General - makes you unconscious. You do not feel any pain, and you do not remember the procedure afterwards.

You may also get a mild sedative to relax you. You stay awake but may not remember the procedure afterwards. Sedation can be used with or without anesthesia.

The type of anesthesia or sedation you get depends on many factors. They include the procedure you are having and your current health.

  • Conscious sedation for surgical procedures
  • Epidural block
  • General anesthesia
  • Spinal and epidural anesthesia

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Childbirth Problems

While childbirth usually goes well, complications can happen. They can cause a risk to the mother, baby, or both. Possible complications include

  • Preterm (premature) labor, when labor starts before 37 completed weeks of pregnancy
  • Problems with the umbilical cord
  • Problems with the position of the baby, such as breech, in which the baby is going to come out feet first
  • Birth injuries

For some of these problems, the baby may need to be delivered surgically by a Cesarean section.

  • Assisted delivery with forceps
  • Brachial plexus injury in newborns
  • Breech birth
  • Caput succedaneum
  • Meconium aspiration syndrome
  • Premature rupture of membranes

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