2021 ICD-10-CM Code K56.5

Intestinal adhesions [bands] with obstruction (postinfection)

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

K56.5 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of intestinal adhesions [bands] with obstruction (postinfection). 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:K56.5
Short Description:Intestinal adhesions with obstruction (postinfection)
Long Description:Intestinal adhesions [bands] with obstruction (postinfection)

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Intestinal adhesions with obstruction (postinfection)

Non-specific codes like K56.5 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 intestinal adhesions with obstruction (postinfection):

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use K56.50 for Intestinal adhesions [bands], unspecified as to partial versus complete obstruction
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use K56.51 for Intestinal adhesions [bands], with partial obstruction
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use K56.52 for Intestinal adhesions [bands] with complete obstruction

Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries

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Information for Patients


Adhesions

Also called: Abdominal adhesions

Adhesions are bands of scar-like tissue. Normally, internal tissues and organs have slippery surfaces so they can shift easily as the body moves. Adhesions cause tissues and organs to stick together. They might connect the loops of the intestines to each other, to nearby organs, or to the wall of the abdomen. They can pull sections of the intestines out of place. This may block food from passing through the intestine.

Adhesions can occur anywhere in the body. But they often form after surgery on the abdomen. Almost everyone who has surgery on the abdomen gets adhesions. Some adhesions don't cause any problems. But when they partly or completely block the intestines, they cause symptoms such as

Adhesions can sometimes cause infertility in women by preventing fertilized eggs from reaching the uterus.

No tests are available to detect adhesions. Doctors usually find them during surgery to diagnose other problems.

Some adhesions go away by themselves. If they partly block your intestines, a diet low in fiber can allow food to move easily through the affected area. If you have a complete intestinal obstruction, it is life-threatening. You should get immediate medical attention and may need surgery.

NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases


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Intestinal Obstruction

Also called: Bowel obstruction, Intestinal volvulus, Paralytic ileus

An intestinal obstruction occurs when food or stool cannot move through the intestines. The obstruction can be complete or partial. There are many causes. The most common are adhesions, hernias, cancers, and certain medicines.

Symptoms include

A complete intestinal obstruction is a medical emergency. It often requires surgery.

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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)