2022 ICD-10-CM Code H44.74

Retained (nonmagnetic) (old) foreign body in posterior wall of globe

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

ICD-10:H44.74
Short Description:Retained (old) foreign body in posterior wall of globe
Long Description:Retained (nonmagnetic) (old) foreign body in posterior wall of globe

Code Classification

  • Diseases of the eye and adnexa (H00–H59)
    • Disorders of vitreous body and globe (H43-H44)
      • Disorders of globe (H44)

H44.74 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of retained (nonmagnetic) (old) foreign body in posterior wall of globe. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2022 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. Category or Header define the heading of a category of codes that may be further subdivided by the use of 4th, 5th, 6th or 7th characters.

Specific Coding for Retained (old) foreign body in posterior wall of globe

Non-specific codes like H44.74 require more digits to indicate the appropriate level of specificity. Consider using any of the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity when coding for retained (old) foreign body in posterior wall of globe:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H44.741 for Retained (nonmagnetic) (old) foreign body in posterior wall of globe, right eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H44.742 for Retained (nonmagnetic) (old) foreign body in posterior wall of globe, left eye
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H44.743 for Retained (nonmagnetic) (old) foreign body in posterior wall of globe, bilateral
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H44.749 for Retained (nonmagnetic) (old) foreign body in posterior wall of globe, unspecified eye

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 H44.74 are found in the index:

Information for Patients


Eye Injuries

The structure of your face helps protect your eyes from injury. Still, injuries can damage your eye, sometimes severely enough that you could lose your vision. Most eye injuries are preventable. If you play sports or work in certain jobs, you may need protection.

The most common type of injury happens when something irritates the outer surface of your eye. Certain jobs such as industrial jobs or hobbies such as carpentry make this type of injury more likely. It's also more likely if you wear contact lenses.

Chemicals or heat can burn your eyes. With chemicals, the pain may cause you to close your eyes. This traps the irritant next to the eye and may cause more damage. You should wash out your eye right away while you wait for medical help.


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Foreign Bodies

If you've ever gotten a splinter or had sand in your eye, you've had experience with a foreign body. A foreign body is something that is stuck inside you but isn't supposed to be there. You may inhale or swallow a foreign body, or you may get one from an injury to almost any part of your body. Foreign bodies are more common in small children, who sometimes stick things in their mouths, ears, and noses.

Some foreign bodies, like a small splinter, do not cause serious harm. Inhaled or swallowed foreign bodies may cause choking or bowel obstruction and may require medical care.


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Code History

  • FY 2021 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2020 through 9/30/2021
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016 (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)