2021 ICD-10-CM Code K51.41

Inflammatory polyps of colon with complications

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

K51.41 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of inflammatory polyps of colon with complications. 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.

ICD-10:K51.41
Short Description:Inflammatory polyps of colon with complications
Long Description:Inflammatory polyps of colon with complications

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Inflammatory polyps of colon with complications

Non-specific codes like K51.41 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 inflammatory polyps of colon with complications:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use K51.411 for Inflammatory polyps of colon with rectal bleeding
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use K51.412 for Inflammatory polyps of colon with intestinal obstruction
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use K51.413 for Inflammatory polyps of colon with fistula
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use K51.414 for Inflammatory polyps of colon with abscess
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use K51.418 for Inflammatory polyps of colon with other complication
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use K51.419 for Inflammatory polyps of colon with unspecified complications

Information for Patients


Ulcerative Colitis

Also called: Colitis, Distal colitis, Pancolitis, Ulcerative proctitis

Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a disease that causes inflammation and sores, called ulcers, in the lining of the rectum and colon. It is one of a group of diseases called inflammatory bowel disease.

UC can happen at any age, but it usually starts between the ages of 15 and 30. It tends to run in families. The most common symptoms are pain in the abdomen and blood or pus in diarrhea. Other symptoms may include

About half of people with UC have mild symptoms.

Doctors use blood tests, stool tests, colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy, and imaging tests to diagnose UC. Several types of drugs can help control it. Some people have long periods of remission, when they are free of symptoms. In severe cases, doctors must remove the colon.

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)