2021 ICD-10-CM Code K27

Peptic ulcer, site unspecified

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

K27 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of peptic ulcer, site unspecified. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2021 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.

Unspecified diagnosis codes like K27 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.

ICD-10:K27
Short Description:Peptic ulcer, site unspecified
Long Description:Peptic ulcer, site unspecified

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Peptic ulcer, site unspecified

Non-specific codes like K27 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 peptic ulcer, site unspecified:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use K27.0 for Acute peptic ulcer, site unspecified, with hemorrhage
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use K27.1 for Acute peptic ulcer, site unspecified, with perforation
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use K27.2 for Acute peptic ulcer, site unspecified, with both hemorrhage and perforation
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use K27.3 for Acute peptic ulcer, site unspecified, without hemorrhage or perforation
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use K27.4 for Chronic or unspecified peptic ulcer, site unspecified, with hemorrhage
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use K27.5 for Chronic or unspecified peptic ulcer, site unspecified, with perforation
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use K27.6 for Chronic or unspecified peptic ulcer, site unspecified, with both hemorrhage and perforation
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use K27.7 for Chronic peptic ulcer, site unspecified, without hemorrhage or perforation
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use K27.9 for Peptic ulcer, site unspecified, unspecified as acute or chronic, without hemorrhage or perforation

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 K27:


Includes

Includes
This note appears immediately under a three character code title to further define, or give examples of, the content of the category.

Use Additional Code

Use Additional Code
The “use additional code” indicates that a secondary code could be used to further specify the patient’s condition. This note is not mandatory and is only used if enough information is available to assign an additional 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.

Information for Patients


Peptic Ulcer

Also called: Duodenal ulcer, Gastric ulcer, Stomach ulcer, Ulcer

A peptic ulcer is a sore in the lining of your stomach or your duodenum, the first part of your small intestine. A burning stomach pain is the most common symptom. The pain

Peptic ulcers happen when the acids that help you digest food damage the walls of the stomach or duodenum. The most common cause is infection with a bacterium called Helicobacter pylori. Another cause is the long-term use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines (NSAIDs) such as aspirin and ibuprofen. Stress and spicy foods do not cause ulcers, but can make them worse.

To see if you have an H. pylori infection, your doctor will test your blood, breath, or stool. Your doctor also may look inside your stomach and duodenum by doing an endoscopy or x-ray.

Peptic ulcers will get worse if not treated. Treatment may include medicines to reduce stomach acids or antibiotics to kill H. pylori. Antacids and milk can't heal peptic ulcers. Not smoking and avoiding alcohol can help. You may need surgery if your ulcers don't heal.

NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases


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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)