Valid for Submission
J43.9 is a billable diagnosis code used to specify a medical diagnosis of emphysema, unspecified. The code J43.9 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 J43.9 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like atrophic emphysema, bulla of lung, bullous emphysema with collapse, chronic atelectasis, chronic bullous emphysema , chronic hemolytic anemia, etc.
Unspecified diagnosis codes like J43.9 are acceptable when clinical information is unknown or not available about a particular condition. Although a more specific code is preferable, unspecified codes should be used when such codes most accurately reflect what is known about a patient's condition. Specific diagnosis codes should not be used if not supported by the patient's medical record.
Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries
The Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries is a list of ICD-10 codes, organized "head to toe" into chapters and sections with guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more. The following references are applicable to the code J43.9:
Inclusion TermsInclusion Terms
These terms are the conditions for which that code is to be used. The terms may be synonyms of the code title, or, in the case of "other specified" codes, the terms are a list of the various conditions assigned to that code. The inclusion terms are not necessarily exhaustive. Additional terms found only in the Alphabetic Index may also be assigned to a code.
- Bullous emphysema (lung)(pulmonary)
- Emphysema (lung)(pulmonary) NOS
- Emphysematous bleb
- Vesicular emphysema (lung)(pulmonary)
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 J43.9 are found in the index:
- - Bleb (s) - R23.8
- - Disease, diseased - See Also: Syndrome;
- - Emphysema (atrophic) (bullous) (chronic) (interlobular) (lung) (obstructive) (pulmonary) (senile) (vesicular) - J43.9
The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:
- Atrophic emphysema
- Bulla of lung
- Bullous emphysema with collapse
- Chronic atelectasis
- Chronic bullous emphysema
- Chronic hemolytic anemia
- Emphysematous bleb of lung
- Giant bullous emphysema
- Hemolytic anemia with emphysema AND cutis laxa
- Lung cyst
- Obstructive emphysema
- Paraseptal emphysema
- Pulmonary emphysema
- Pulmonary emphysema co-occurrent with fibrosis of lung
- Pulmonary emphysema in alpha-1 PI deficiency
- Ruptured emphysematous bleb of lung
- Segmental bullous emphysema
- Vanishing lung
- Zonal bullous emphysema
- EMPHYSEMA-. a pathological accumulation of air in tissues or organs.
- MEDIASTINAL EMPHYSEMA-. presence of air in the mediastinal tissues due to leakage of air from the tracheobronchial tree usually as a result of trauma.
- PNEUMONIA ATYPICAL INTERSTITIAL OF CATTLE-. a cattle disease of uncertain cause probably an allergic reaction.
- PULMONARY EMPHYSEMA-. enlargement of air spaces distal to the terminal bronchioles where gas exchange normally takes place. this is usually due to destruction of the alveolar wall. pulmonary emphysema can be classified by the location and distribution of the lesions.
- SUBCUTANEOUS EMPHYSEMA-. presence of air or gas in the subcutaneous tissues of the body.
- EMPHYSEMATOUS CHOLECYSTITIS-. a variant of acute cholecystitis with inflammation of the gallbladder that is characterized by the pockets of gas in the gallbladder wall. it is due to secondary infection caused by gas forming organisms and has a high risk of perforation.
Diagnostic Related Groups - MS-DRG Mapping
Convert J43.9 to ICD-9 Code
The General Equivalency Mapping (GEM) crosswalk indicates an approximate mapping between the ICD-10 code J43.9 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
Emphysema is a type of COPD involving damage to the air sacs (alveoli) in the lungs. As a result, your body does not get the oxygen it needs. Emphysema makes it hard to catch your breath. You may also have a chronic cough and have trouble breathing during exercise.
The most common cause is cigarette smoking. If you smoke, quitting can help prevent you from getting the disease. If you already have emphysema, not smoking might keep it from getting worse. Treatment is based on whether your symptoms are mild, moderate or severe. Treatments include inhalers, oxygen, medications and sometimes surgery to relieve symptoms and prevent complications.
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