2022 ICD-10-CM Code K22.7

Barrett's esophagus

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

ICD-10:K22.7
Short Description:Barrett's esophagus
Long Description:Barrett's esophagus

Code Classification

  • Diseases of the digestive system (K00–K93)
    • Diseases of esophagus, stomach and duodenum (K20-K31)
      • Other diseases of esophagus (K22)

K22.7 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of barrett's esophagus. 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 Barrett's esophagus

Non-specific codes like K22.7 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 barrett's esophagus:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use K22.70 for Barrett's esophagus without dysplasia
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - K22.71 for Barrett's esophagus with dysplasia
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use K22.710 for Barrett's esophagus with low grade dysplasia
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use K22.711 for Barrett's esophagus with high grade dysplasia
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use K22.719 for Barrett's esophagus with dysplasia, unspecified

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 coding notes and guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more. The following references are applicable to the code K22.7:


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.

Type 1 Excludes

Type 1 Excludes
A type 1 excludes note is a pure excludes note. It means "NOT CODED HERE!" An Excludes1 note indicates that the code excluded should never be used at the same time as the code above the Excludes1 note. An Excludes1 is used when two conditions cannot occur together, such as a congenital form versus an acquired form of the same condition.

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 K22.7 are found in the index:

Clinical Information

Information for Patients


Esophagus Disorders

The esophagus is the muscular tube that carries food and liquids from your mouth to the stomach. You may not be aware of your esophagus until you swallow something too large, too hot, or too cold. You may also notice it when something is wrong. You may feel pain or have trouble swallowing.

The most common problem with the esophagus is GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). With GERD, a muscle at the end of your esophagus does not close properly. This allows stomach contents to leak back, or reflux, into the esophagus and irritate it. Over time, GERD can cause damage to the esophagus.

Other problems include heartburn, cancer, and eosinophilic esophagitis. Doctors may use various tests to make a diagnosis. These include imaging tests, an upper endoscopy, and a biopsy.

Treatment depends on the problem. Some problems get better with over-the-counter medicines or changes in diet. Others may need prescription medicines or surgery.

NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases


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Barrett's Esophagus Overview of Barrett's esophagus including the causes; the link to acid reflux; as well as symptoms, treatments, complications, diet, and home 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)