ICD-9 Diagnosis Code 638.6

Attemp abort w embolism

Diagnosis Code 638.6

ICD-9: 638.6
Short Description: Attemp abort w embolism
Long Description: Failed attempted abortion complicated by embolism
This is the 2014 version of the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code 638.6

Code Classification
  • Complications of pregnancy, childbirth, and the puerperium
    • Ectopic and molar pregnancy and other pregnancy with abortive outcome (630-639)
      • 638 Failed attempted abortion

Information for Medical Professionals

Code Edits
The following edits are applicable to this code:
Maternity diagnoses (age 12 through 55) Additional informationCallout TooltipMaternity diagnoses (age 12 through 55)
Maternity diagnoses: Age range is 12–55 years inclusive.

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  • O07.2 - Embolism following failed attempted termination of pregnancy

Index of Diseases and Injuries
References found for the code 638.6 in the Index of Diseases and Injuries:

    • Abortion (complete) (incomplete) (inevitable) (with retained products of conception) 637.9
      • failed (legal) 638.9
        • with
          • embolism (air) (amniotic fluid) (blood clot) (pulmonary) (pyemic) (septic) (soap) 638.6

Information for Patients


An abortion is a procedure to end a pregnancy. It uses medicine or surgery to remove the embryo or fetus and placenta from the uterus. The procedure is done by a licensed health care professional.

The decision to end a pregnancy is very personal. If you are thinking of having an abortion, most healthcare providers advise counseling.

  • Abortion - medical
  • Abortion - surgical
  • Abortion - surgical - aftercare
  • Ending pregnancy with medications

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