ICD-9 Diagnosis Code 579.8

Intest malabsorption NEC

Diagnosis Code 579.8

ICD-9: 579.8
Short Description: Intest malabsorption NEC
Long Description: Other specified intestinal malabsorption
This is the 2014 version of the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code 579.8

Code Classification
  • Diseases of the digestive system
    • Other diseases of digestive system (570-579)
      • 579 Intestinal malabsorption

Information for Medical Professionals

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  • Bile acid malabsorption syndrome
  • Bile acid malabsorption syndrome type I
  • Bile acid malabsorption syndrome type II
  • Bile acid malabsorption syndrome type III
  • Chemically-induced malabsorption
  • Chronic steatorrhea
  • Congenital microvillous atrophy
  • Congenital secretory diarrhea
  • Congenital secretory diarrhea, chloride type
  • Congenital secretory diarrhea, sodium type
  • Drug-induced malabsorption
  • Eosinophilic gastroenteropathy with collagen vascular disease
  • Exudative enteropathy
  • Floating feces
  • Food in stool
  • Food intolerance
  • Food intolerance
  • Gordon's syndrome
  • Impaired intestinal fat absorption
  • Impaired intestinal protein absorption
  • Intestinal malabsorption of carbohydrate
  • Intestinal malabsorption of fat
  • Intestinal malabsorption of protein
  • Malabsorption - iron
  • Malabsorption due to infective agent
  • Malabsorption due to intolerance to carbohydrate
  • Malabsorption due to intolerance to fat
  • Malabsorption due to intolerance to protein
  • Malabsorption due to intolerance to soya protein
  • Milk intolerance
  • Non-gluten sensitive enteropathy syndrome
  • Protein malabsorption
  • Protein-losing enteropathy
  • Reactive gastropathy
  • Small bowel bacterial overgrowth syndrome
  • Wheat intolerance

Index of Diseases and Injuries
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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
  • Whipple's Disease - NIH (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)

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