ICD-9 Diagnosis Code V81.3


Diagnosis Code V81.3

ICD-9: V81.3
Short Description: Screen-bronch/emphysema
Long Description: Screening for chronic bronchitis and emphysema
This is the 2014 version of the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code V81.3

Code Classification
  • Supplementary classification of factors influencing health status and contact with health services
    • Persons without reported diagnosis encountered during examination and investigation of individuals and populations (V70-V82)
      • V81 Special screening for cardiovascular, respiratory, and genitourinary diseases

Information for Patients


COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) makes it hard for you to breathe. The two main types are chronic bronchitis and emphysema. The main cause of COPD is long-term exposure to substances that irritate and damage the lungs. This is usually cigarette smoke. Air pollution, chemical fumes, or dust can also cause it.

At first, COPD may cause no symptoms or only mild symptoms. As the disease gets worse, symptoms usually become more severe. They include

  • A cough that produces a lot of mucus
  • Shortness of breath, especially with physical activity
  • Wheezing
  • Chest tightness

Doctors use lung function tests, imaging tests, and blood tests to diagnose COPD. There is no cure. Treatments may relieve symptoms. They include medicines, oxygen therapy, surgery, or a lung transplant. Quitting smoking is the most important step you can take to treat COPD.

NIH: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

  • Blood gases
  • Breathing Better with a COPD Diagnosis - NIH (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease - adults - discharge
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease - control drugs
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease - quick-relief drugs
  • COPD -- how to use a nebulizer
  • COPD -- managing stress and your mood
  • COPD and other health problems
  • COPD flare-ups
  • COPD: Are You at Risk? - NIH (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)
  • Day to day with COPD
  • How to breathe when you are short of breath
  • How to use an inhaler - no spacer
  • How to use an inhaler - with spacer
  • How to use your peak flow meter
  • Lung surgery - discharge
  • Make peak flow a habit!
  • Postural drainage
  • Pulmonary function tests
  • Smoking and COPD
  • Using oxygen at home

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Health Screening

Also called: Screening tests

Screenings are tests that look for diseases before you have symptoms. Screening tests can find diseases early, when they're easier to treat. You can get some screenings in your doctor's office. Others need special equipment, so you may need to go to a different office or clinic.

Some conditions that doctors commonly screen for include

  • Breast cancer and cervical cancer in women
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Osteoporosis
  • Overweight and obesity
  • Prostate cancer in men

Which tests you need depends on your age, your sex, your family history, and whether you have risk factors for certain diseases. After a screening test, ask when you will get the results and whom to talk to about them.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

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