Not Valid for Submission
K44 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of diaphragmatic hernia. 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.
Specific Coding for Diaphragmatic hernia
Non-specific codes like K44 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 diaphragmatic hernia:
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 K44:
This note appears immediately under a three character code title to further define, or give examples of, the content of the category.
- hiatus hernia (esophageal) (sliding)
- paraesophageal hernia
Type 1 ExcludesType 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.
- HERNIA DIAPHRAGMATIC-. protrusion of abdominal structures into the thorax as a result of congenital or traumatic defects in the respiratory diaphragm.
- HERNIA DIAPHRAGMATIC TRAUMATIC-. the type of diaphragmatic hernia caused by trauma or injury usually to the abdomen.
- HERNIAS DIAPHRAGMATIC CONGENITAL-. protrusion of abdominal structures into the thorax as a result of embryologic defects in the diaphragm often present in the neonatal period. it can be isolated syndromic nonsyndromic or be a part of chromosome abnormality. associated pulmonary hypoplasia and pulmonary hypertension can further complicate stabilization and surgical intervention.
Information for Patients
Also called: Enterocele
A hernia happens when part of an internal organ or tissue bulges through a weak area of muscle. Most hernias are in the abdomen.
There are several types of hernias, including
- Inguinal, in the groin. This is the the most common type.
- Umbilical, around the belly button
- Incisional, through a scar
- Hiatal, a small opening in the diaphragm that allows the upper part of the stomach to move up into the chest.
- Congenital diaphragmatic, a birth defect that needs surgery
Hernias are common. They can affect men, women, and children. A combination of muscle weakness and straining, such as with heavy lifting, might contribute. Some people are born with weak abdominal muscles and may be more likely to get a hernia.
Treatment is usually surgery to repair the opening in the muscle wall. Untreated hernias can cause pain and health problems.
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