2021 ICD-10-CM Code K56.609

Unspecified intestinal obstruction, unspecified as to partial versus complete obstruction

Version 2021

Valid for Submission

K56.609 is a billable diagnosis code used to specify a medical diagnosis of unspecified intestinal obstruction, unspecified as to partial versus complete obstruction. The code K56.609 is valid during the fiscal year 2021 from October 01, 2020 through September 30, 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

The ICD-10-CM code K56.609 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like acute gastric ulcer with hemorrhage and obstruction, acute gastric ulcer with hemorrhage and obstruction, acute gastric ulcer with hemorrhage and perforation, acute gastric ulcer with hemorrhage, with perforation and with obstruction, acute gastric ulcer with obstruction , acute gastric ulcer with obstruction, etc.

Unspecified diagnosis codes like K56.609 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:K56.609
Short Description:Unsp intestnl obst, unsp as to partial versus complete obst
Long Description:Unspecified intestinal obstruction, unspecified as to partial versus complete obstruction

Code Classification

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 K56.609:


Inclusion Terms

Inclusion Terms
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Index to Diseases and Injuries

The Index to Diseases and Injuries is an alphabetical listing of medical terms, with each term mapped to one or more ICD-10 code(s). The following references for the code K56.609 are found in the index:

Approximate Synonyms

The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:

Replacement Code

K56609 replaces the following previously assigned ICD-10 code(s):

Convert K56.609 to ICD-9 Code

The General Equivalency Mapping (GEM) crosswalk indicates an approximate mapping between the ICD-10 code K56.609 its ICD-9 equivalent. The approximate mapping means there is not an exact match between the ICD-10 code and the ICD-9 code and the mapped code is not a precise representation of the original code.

Information for Patients


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.

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