K38 - Other diseases of appendix

Version 2023
Short Description:Other diseases of appendix
Long Description:Other diseases of appendix
Status: Not Valid for Submission
Version:ICD-10-CM 2023
Code Classification:
  • Diseases of the digestive system (K00–K93)
    • Diseases of appendix (K35-K38)
      • Other diseases of appendix (K38)

K38 is a non-specific and non-billable ICD-10 code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of other diseases of appendix. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2023 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 Other diseases of appendix

Non-specific codes like K38 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 other diseases of appendix:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use K38.0 for Hyperplasia of appendix
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use K38.1 for Appendicular concretions
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use K38.2 for Diverticulum of appendix
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use K38.3 for Fistula of appendix
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use K38.8 for Other specified diseases of appendix
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use K38.9 for Disease of appendix, unspecified

Patient Education

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Your colon, also known as the large intestine, is part of your digestive system. It's a long, hollow tube at the end of your digestive tract where your body makes and stores stool. Many disorders affect the colon's ability to work properly. Some of these include:

Treatment for colonic diseases varies greatly depending on the disease and its severity. Treatment may involve diet, medicines and in some cases, surgery.

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