ICD-10 Diagnosis Code Z18.12

Retained nonmagnetic metal fragments

Diagnosis Code Z18.12

ICD-10: Z18.12
Short Description: Retained nonmagnetic metal fragments
Long Description: Retained nonmagnetic metal fragments
This is the 2017 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code Z18.12

Valid for Submission
The code Z18.12 is valid for submission for HIPAA-covered transactions.

Code Classification
  • Factors influencing health status and contact with health services (Z00–Z99)
    • Retained foreign body fragments (Z18)
      • Retained foreign body fragments (Z18)

Information for Patients

Foreign Bodies

If you've ever gotten a splinter or had sand in your eye, you've had experience with a foreign body. A foreign body is something that is stuck inside you but isn't supposed to be there. You may inhale or swallow a foreign body, or you may get one from an injury to almost any part of your body. Foreign bodies are more common in small children, who sometimes stick things in their mouths, ears, and noses.

Some foreign bodies, like a small splinter, do not cause serious harm. Inhaled or swallowed foreign bodies may cause choking or bowel obstruction and may require medical care.

  • Bezoar
  • Eye - foreign object in
  • Foreign body in the nose
  • Foreign object - inhaled or swallowed
  • Splinter removal

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