ICD-9 Diagnosis Code 278.03

Obesity hypovent synd

Diagnosis Code 278.03

ICD-9: 278.03
Short Description: Obesity hypovent synd
Long Description: Obesity hypoventilation syndrome
This is the 2014 version of the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code 278.03

Code Classification
  • Endocrine, nutritional and metabolic diseases, and immunity disorders
    • Other metabolic disorders and immunity disorders (270-279)
      • 278 Obesity and other hyperalimentation

Information for Medical Professionals

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  • E66.2 - Morbid (severe) obesity with alveolar hypoventilation

Index of Diseases and Injuries
References found for the code 278.03 in the Index of Diseases and Injuries:

Information for Patients

Breathing Problems

When you're short of breath, it's hard or uncomfortable for you to take in the oxygen your body needs. You may feel as if you're not getting enough air. Sometimes mild breathing problems are from a stuffy nose or hard exercise. But shortness of breath can also be a sign of a serious disease.

Many conditions can make you feel short of breath. Lung conditions such as asthma, emphysema or pneumonia cause breathing difficulties. So can problems with your trachea or bronchi, which are part of your airway system. Heart disease can make you feel breathless if your heart cannot pump enough blood to supply oxygen to your body. Stress caused by anxiety can also make it hard for you to breathe. If you often have trouble breathing, it is important to find out the cause.

  • Blood gases
  • Breath sounds
  • Breathing difficulty
  • Breathing difficulty - lying down
  • Home apnea monitor use - infants
  • How to breathe when you are short of breath
  • How to Properly Put On, Take Off a Disposable Respirator (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • Obesity hypoventilation syndrome (OHS)
  • Palliative care - shortness of breath
  • Pulmonary function tests
  • Rapid shallow breathing
  • Stridor
  • Transient tachypnea - newborn
  • Traveling with breathing problems
  • Turbinate surgery
  • Wheezing

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Obesity means having too much body fat. It is different from being overweight, which means weighing too much. The weight may come from muscle, bone, fat, and/or body water. Both terms mean that a person's weight is greater than what's considered healthy for his or her height.

Obesity occurs over time when you eat more calories than you use. The balance between calories-in and calories-out differs for each person. Factors that might affect your weight include your genetic makeup, overeating, eating high-fat foods, and not being physically active.

Being obese increases your risk of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, arthritis, and some cancers. If you are obese, losing even 5 to 10 percent of your weight can delay or prevent some of these diseases. For example, that means losing 10 to 20 pounds if you weigh 200 pounds.

NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

  • Body mass index
  • Obesity
  • Obesity hypoventilation syndrome (OHS)
  • Understanding Adult Overweight and Obesity - NIH (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)

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