ICD-9 Diagnosis Code 571.6

Biliary cirrhosis

Diagnosis Code 571.6

ICD-9: 571.6
Short Description: Biliary cirrhosis
Long Description: Biliary cirrhosis
This is the 2014 version of the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code 571.6

Code Classification
  • Diseases of the digestive system
    • Other diseases of digestive system (570-579)
      • 571 Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis

Information for Medical Professionals

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Index of Diseases and Injuries
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Information for Patients

Bile Duct Diseases

Your liver makes a substance called bile that helps with digestion. Your gallbladder stores it until you need it to digest fat. Then your gallbladder pushes the bile into tubes called bile ducts. They carry the bile to your small intestine.

Different diseases can block the bile ducts and cause a problem with the flow of bile. Gallstones are one of the most common causes of blocked bile ducts. Blocked bile ducts may also result from infection, cancer or internal scar tissue. Scarring can block the bile ducts, which can lead to liver failure.

A rare form of bile duct disease called biliary atresia occurs in infants. It is the most common reason for liver transplants in children in the United States.

  • 5'-nucleotidase
  • ALP - blood test
  • ALP isoenzyme test
  • Antimitochondrial antibody
  • Bile duct obstruction
  • Biliary atresia
  • Biliary stricture
  • Cholangitis
  • Cholestasis
  • ERCP
  • Gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase (GGT) blood test
  • Primary biliary cirrhosis
  • Sclerosing cholangitis

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Also called: Hepatic fibrosis

Cirrhosis is scarring of the liver. Scar tissue forms because of injury or long-term disease. Scar tissue cannot do what healthy liver tissue does - make protein, help fight infections, clean the blood, help digest food and store energy. Cirrhosis can lead to

  • Easy bruising or bleeding, or nosebleeds
  • Swelling of the abdomen or legs
  • Extra sensitivity to medicines
  • High blood pressure in the vein entering the liver
  • Enlarged veins called varices in the esophagus and stomach. Varices can bleed suddenly.
  • Kidney failure
  • Jaundice
  • Severe itching
  • Gallstones

A small number of people with cirrhosis get liver cancer.

Your doctor will diagnose cirrhosis with blood tests, imaging tests, or a biopsy.

Cirrhosis has many causes. In the United States, the most common causes are chronic alcoholism and hepatitis. Nothing will make the scar tissue disappear, but treating the cause can keep it from getting worse. If too much scar tissue forms, you may need to consider a liver transplant.

NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

  • Abdominal tap
  • Antimitochondrial antibody
  • Ascites
  • Cirrhosis
  • Cirrhosis - discharge
  • Hepatic encephalopathy
  • Mesenteric angiography
  • Portacaval shunting
  • Primary biliary cirrhosis
  • Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS)

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