Valid for Submission
A04.72 is a billable diagnosis code used to specify a medical diagnosis of enterocolitis due to clostridium difficile, not specified as recurrent. The code A04.72 is valid during the fiscal year 2021 from October 01, 2020 through September 30, 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.
The ICD-10-CM code A04.72 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like clostridial enteric disease, clostridial gastroenteritis, clostridioides difficile infection, clostridium difficile colitis, clostridium difficile diarrhea , clostridium difficile toxin a detected, etc.
Index to Diseases and Injuries
The Index to Diseases and Injuries is an alphabetical listing of medical terms, with each term mapped to one or more ICD-10 code(s). The following references for the code A04.72 are found in the index:
- - Colitis (acute) (catarrhal) (chronic) (noninfective) (hemorrhagic) - See Also: Enteritis; - K52.9
- - Diarrhea, diarrheal (disease) (infantile) (inflammatory) - R19.7
- - Enteritis (acute) (diarrheal) (hemorrhagic) (noninfective) - K52.9
- - Enterocolitis - See Also: Enteritis; - K52.9
- - Infection, infected, infective (opportunistic) - B99.9
The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:
- Clostridial enteric disease
- Clostridial gastroenteritis
- Clostridioides difficile infection
- Clostridium difficile colitis
- Clostridium difficile diarrhea
- Clostridium difficile toxin A detected
- Colitis caused by bacterium
- Gastritis caused by bacterium
- Toxic megacolon
- Toxic megacolon due to Clostridium difficile
Diagnostic Related Groups - MS-DRG Mapping
A0472 replaces the following previously assigned ICD-10 code(s):
Convert A04.72 to ICD-9 Code
The General Equivalency Mapping (GEM) crosswalk indicates an approximate mapping between the ICD-10 code A04.72 its ICD-9 equivalent. The approximate mapping means there is not an exact match between the ICD-10 code and the ICD-9 code and the mapped code is not a precise representation of the original code.
Information for Patients
Clostridium Difficile Infections
Also called: C. diff. infections, Clostridium enterocolitis, pseudomembranous colitis
Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) is a bacterium that causes diarrhea and more serious intestinal conditions such as colitis. Symptoms include
- Watery diarrhea (at least three bowel movements per day for two or more days)
- Loss of appetite
- Abdominal pain or tenderness
C. difficile is more common in people who need to take antibiotics for a long period of time.The elderly also have a higher risk of getting it. The infection can spread in hospitals and nursing homes.
Tests of your stool can diagnose C. difficile. Sometimes you might also need imaging tests, to check for complications. Certain antibiotics can treat it. Rarely, there are severe cases that need surgery.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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- Pseudomembranous colitis (Medical Encyclopedia)
- Stool C. difficile toxin (Medical Encyclopedia)