2024 ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code J94.0

Chylous effusion

Short Description:
Chylous effusion
Is Billable?
Yes - Valid for Submission
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Code Classification

  • Diseases of the respiratory system
    • Other diseases of the pleura
      • Other pleural conditions

J94.0 is a billable diagnosis code used to specify a medical diagnosis of chylous effusion. The code is valid during the current fiscal year for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions from October 01, 2023 through September 30, 2024.

Approximate Synonyms

The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:

  • Acquired chylothorax
  • Chylothorax
  • Chylothorax
  • Chylothorax
  • Chylothorax
  • Malignant chylothorax
  • Pleural effusion due to another disorder
  • Pleural effusion due to bacterial infection
  • Pleural effusion due to malignant neoplastic disease
  • Pleural effusion due to neoplastic disease
  • Traumatic chylothorax
  • Tuberculous chylothorax
  • Tuberculous pleural effusion

Clinical Information

  • Chylothorax-. the presence of chyle in the thoracic cavity. (dorland, 27th ed)
  • Acquired Chylothorax-. chylothorax that results from malignancies (usually lymphoma), trauma to the thoracic duct, tuberculosis, or sarcoidosis.
  • Traumatic Chylothorax-. accumulation of lymph fluid in the pleural cavity as a result of thoracic trauma.
  • Chylothorax-. an accumulation of chyle in the pleural cavity.
  • Chylothorax, CTCAE|Chylothorax|Chylothorax|Chylothorax-. a disorder characterized by milky pleural effusion (abnormal collection of fluid) resulting from accumulation of lymph fluid in the pleural cavity.
  • Chylothorax|Chylous Pleural Effusion-. a milky pleural effusion resulting from accumulation of lymph fluid in the pleural cavity. causes include malignancies (usually lymphoma), trauma to the thoracic duct, tuberculosis, sarcoidosis, and congenital causes.
  • Congenital Chylothorax-. chylothorax that is present at birth.
  • Grade 1 Chylothorax, CTCAE|Grade 1 Chylothorax|Grade 1 Chylothorax-. asymptomatic; clinical or diagnostic observations only; intervention not indicated
  • Grade 2 Chylothorax, CTCAE|Grade 2 Chylothorax|Grade 2 Chylothorax-. symptomatic; medical intervention indicated (e.g., fat-restricted diet); thoracentesis or tube drainage indicated
  • Grade 3 Chylothorax, CTCAE|Grade 3 Chylothorax|Grade 3 Chylothorax-. severe symptoms; elective operative intervention indicated
  • Grade 4 Chylothorax, CTCAE|Grade 4 Chylothorax|Grade 4 Chylothorax-. life-threatening respiratory or hemodynamic compromise; intubation or urgent intervention indicated
  • Grade 5 Chylothorax, CTCAE|Grade 5 Chylothorax|Grade 5 Chylothorax-. death

Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries

The following annotation back-references are applicable to this diagnosis code. The Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries is a list of ICD-10-CM codes, organized "head to toe" into chapters and sections with coding notes and guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more.

Inclusion Terms

Inclusion 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.
  • Chyliform effusion

Index to Diseases and Injuries References

The following annotation back-references for this diagnosis code are found in the injuries and diseases index. The Index to Diseases and Injuries is an alphabetical listing of medical terms, with each term mapped to one or more ICD-10-CM code(s).

Convert to ICD-9-CM Code

Source ICD-10-CM CodeTarget ICD-9-CM Code
J94.0511.89 - Effusion NEC exc tb
Approximate Flag - The approximate mapping means there is not an exact match between the ICD-10 and ICD-9 codes and the mapped code is not a precise representation of the original code.

Patient Education

Pleural Disorders

Your pleura is a large, thin sheet of tissue that wraps around the outside of your lungs and lines the inside of your chest cavity. Between the layers of the pleura is a very thin space. Normally it's filled with a small amount of fluid. The fluid helps the two layers of the pleura glide smoothly past each other as your lungs breathe air in and out.

Disorders of the pleura include:

  • Pleurisy - inflammation of the pleura that causes sharp pain with breathing
  • Pleural effusion - excess fluid in the pleural space
  • Pneumothorax - buildup of air or gas in the pleural space
  • Hemothorax - buildup of blood in the pleural space

Many different conditions can cause pleural problems. Viral infection is the most common cause of pleurisy. The most common cause of pleural effusion is congestive heart failure. Lung diseases, like COPD, tuberculosis, and acute lung injury, cause pneumothorax. Injury to the chest is the most common cause of hemothorax. Treatment focuses on removing fluid, air, or blood from the pleural space, relieving symptoms, and treating the underlying condition.

NIH: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

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Code History

  • FY 2024 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2023 through 9/30/2024
  • FY 2023 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2022 through 9/30/2023
  • FY 2022 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2021 through 9/30/2022
  • 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. This was the first year ICD-10-CM was implemented into the HIPAA code set.