ICD-10 Code K56.609

Unspecified intestinal obstruction, unspecified as to partial versus complete obstruction

Version 2019 Billable Code
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

Valid for Submission

ICD-10 K56.609 is a billable code used to specify a medical diagnosis of unspecified intestinal obstruction, unspecified as to partial versus complete obstruction. The code is valid for the year 2019 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

Code Classification

  • Diseases of the digestive system (K00–K93)
    • Other diseases of intestines (K55-K64)
      • Paralytic ileus and intestinal obstruction without hernia (K56)

Information for Medical Professionals

Diagnostic Related Groups

The Diagnostic Related Groups (DRGs) are a patient classification scheme which provides a means of relating the type of patients a hospital treats. The DRGs divides all possible principal diagnoses into mutually exclusive principal diagnosis areas referred to as Major Diagnostic Categories (MDC). The diagnosis code K56.609 is grouped in the following groups for version MS-DRG V36.0 applicable from 10/01/2018 through 09/30/2019.

  • 388 - G.I. OBSTRUCTION WITH MCC
  • 389 - G.I. OBSTRUCTION WITH CC
  • 390 - G.I. OBSTRUCTION WITHOUT CC/MCC

Convert K56.609 to ICD-9

The following crosswalk between ICD-10 to ICD-9 is based based on the General Equivalence Mappings (GEMS) information:

  • 560.9 - Intestinal obstruct NOS (Approximate Flag)

Synonyms

The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms:

  • Acute gastric ulcer with hemorrhage
  • 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 perforation
  • Acute gastric ulcer with perforation AND obstruction
  • Acute gastrojejunal ulcer with hemorrhage
  • Acute gastrojejunal ulcer with hemorrhage AND obstruction
  • Acute gastrojejunal ulcer with hemorrhage AND perforation
  • Acute gastrojejunal ulcer with hemorrhage, with perforation AND with obstruction
  • Acute gastrojejunal ulcer with obstruction
  • Acute gastrojejunal ulcer with perforation
  • Acute gastrojejunal ulcer with perforation AND obstruction
  • Acute gastrojejunal ulcer without hemorrhage AND without perforation
  • Acute gastrojejunal ulcer without hemorrhage AND without perforation but with obstruction
  • Acute intestinal obstruction
  • Acute peptic ulcer with hemorrhage
  • Acute peptic ulcer with hemorrhage
  • Acute peptic ulcer with hemorrhage
  • Acute peptic ulcer with hemorrhage AND obstruction
  • Acute peptic ulcer with hemorrhage and perforation
  • Acute peptic ulcer with hemorrhage, with perforation AND with obstruction
  • Acute peptic ulcer with perforation
  • Acute peptic ulcer with perforation AND obstruction
  • Acute peptic ulcer without hemorrhage AND without perforation
  • Acute peptic ulcer without hemorrhage AND without perforation but with obstruction
  • Chronic gastric ulcer with hemorrhage AND with obstruction
  • Chronic gastric ulcer with hemorrhage AND with perforation
  • Chronic gastric ulcer with obstruction
  • Chronic gastric ulcer with obstruction
  • Chronic gastrojejunal ulcer with hemorrhage
  • Chronic gastrojejunal ulcer with hemorrhage
  • Chronic gastrojejunal ulcer with hemorrhage AND obstruction
  • Chronic gastrojejunal ulcer with hemorrhage AND perforation
  • Chronic gastrojejunal ulcer with hemorrhage, with perforation AND with obstruction
  • Chronic gastrojejunal ulcer with obstruction
  • Chronic gastrojejunal ulcer with obstruction
  • Chronic gastrojejunal ulcer with perforation
  • Chronic gastrojejunal ulcer with perforation AND with obstruction
  • Chronic peptic ulcer with hemorrhage
  • Chronic peptic ulcer with hemorrhage
  • Chronic peptic ulcer with hemorrhage AND obstruction
  • Chronic peptic ulcer with hemorrhage AND perforation
  • Chronic peptic ulcer with hemorrhage, with perforation AND with obstruction
  • Chronic peptic ulcer with obstruction
  • Chronic peptic ulcer with obstruction
  • Chronic peptic ulcer with perforation
  • Chronic peptic ulcer with perforation AND obstruction
  • Diaphragmatic hernia with gangrene
  • Diaphragmatic hernia with gangrene
  • Diaphragmatic hernia with gangrene AND obstruction
  • Extrinsic intestinal obstruction
  • Gangrenous hiatal hernia
  • Gastric necrosis
  • Gastric ulcer with hemorrhage AND obstruction
  • Gastric ulcer with hemorrhage AND perforation
  • Gastric ulcer with hemorrhage, with perforation AND with obstruction
  • Gastric ulcer with perforation AND obstruction
  • Gastrointestinal obstruction
  • Gastrojejunal ulcer with hemorrhage AND obstruction
  • Gastrojejunal ulcer with hemorrhage AND perforation
  • Gastrojejunal ulcer with hemorrhage AND perforation
  • Gastrojejunal ulcer with hemorrhage, with perforation AND with obstruction
  • Gastrojejunal ulcer with perforation AND obstruction
  • Gastrojejunal ulcer with perforation AND obstruction
  • Gastrojejunal ulcer without hemorrhage AND without perforation
  • Gastrojejunal ulcer without hemorrhage AND without perforation
  • Gastrojejunal ulcer without hemorrhage AND without perforation but with obstruction
  • Hiatal hernia with gangrene AND obstruction
  • Hiatus hernia with gangrene
  • Intestinal luminal obstruction
  • Intestinal obstruction
  • Large bowel obstruction
  • Obstruction of colon
  • Peptic ulcer with hemorrhage AND obstruction
  • Peptic ulcer with hemorrhage AND obstruction
  • Peptic ulcer with hemorrhage, with perforation AND with obstruction
  • Peptic ulcer without hemorrhage AND without perforation
  • Peptic ulcer without hemorrhage AND without perforation but with obstruction
  • Small bowel obstruction
  • Stenosis of intestine
  • Stricture of intestine

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:


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 guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more. The following references for the code K56.609 are found in the tabular index:

  • Inclusion Terms:
    • Intestinal obstruction NOS

Replacement Code

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

  • K56.60 - Unspecified intestinal obstruction

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

  • Severe abdominal pain or cramping
  • Vomiting
  • Bloating
  • Loud bowel sounds
  • Swelling of the abdomen
  • Inability to pass gas
  • Constipation

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

NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

  • Intestinal obstruction (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Intestinal obstruction repair (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Intestinal or bowel obstruction - discharge (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Intussusception - children (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Small bowel resection (Medical Encyclopedia)

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ICD-10 Footnotes

General Equivalence Map Definitions
The ICD-10 and ICD-9 GEMs are used to facilitate linking between the diagnosis codes in ICD-9-CM and the new ICD-10-CM code set. The GEMs are the raw material from which providers, health information vendors and payers can derive specific applied mappings to meet their needs.

  • Approximate Flag - The approximate flag is on, indicating that the relationship between the code in the source system and the code in the target system is an approximate equivalent.
  • No Map Flag - The no map flag indicates that a code in the source system is not linked to any code in the target system.
  • Combination Flag - The combination flag indicates that more than one code in the target system is required to satisfy the full equivalent meaning of a code in the source system.

Index of Diseases and Injuries Definitions

  • And - The word "and" should be interpreted to mean either "and" or "or" when it appears in a title.
  • Code also note - A "code also" note instructs that two codes may be required to fully describe a condition, but this note does not provide sequencing direction.
  • Code first - Certain conditions have both an underlying etiology and multiple body system manifestations due to the underlying etiology. For such conditions, the ICD-10-CM has a coding convention that requires the underlying condition be sequenced first followed by the manifestation. Wherever such a combination exists, there is a "use additional code" note at the etiology code, and a "code first" note at the manifestation code. These instructional notes indicate the proper sequencing order of the codes, etiology followed by manifestation.
  • Type 1 Excludes Notes - 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.
  • Type 2 Excludes Notes - A type 2 Excludes note represents "Not included here". An excludes2 note indicates that the condition excluded is not part of the condition represented by the code, but a patient may have both conditions at the same time. When an Excludes2 note appears under a code, it is acceptable to use both the code and the excluded code together, when appropriate.
  • Includes Notes - This note appears immediately under a three character code title to further define, or give examples of, the content of the category.
  • Inclusion terms - List of terms is included under some codes. These terms are the conditions for which that code is to be used. The terms may be synonyms of the code title, or, in the case of "other specified" codes, the terms are a list of the various conditions assigned to that code. The inclusion terms are not necessarily exhaustive. Additional terms found only in the Alphabetic Index may also be assigned to a code.
  • NEC "Not elsewhere classifiable" - This abbreviation in the Alphabetic Index represents "other specified". When a specific code is not available for a condition, the Alphabetic Index directs the coder to the "other specified” code in the Tabular List.
  • NOS "Not otherwise specified" - This abbreviation is the equivalent of unspecified.
  • See - The "see" instruction following a main term in the Alphabetic Index indicates that another term should be referenced. It is necessary to go to the main term referenced with the "see" note to locate the correct code.
  • See Also - A "see also" instruction following a main term in the Alphabetic Index instructs that there is another main term that may also be referenced that may provide additional Alphabetic Index entries that may be useful. It is not necessary to follow the "see also" note when the original main term provides the necessary code.
  • 7th Characters - Certain ICD-10-CM categories have applicable 7th characters. The applicable 7th character is required for all codes within the category, or as the notes in the Tabular List instruct. The 7th character must always be the 7th character in the data field. If a code that requires a 7th character is not 6 characters, a placeholder X must be used to fill in the empty characters.
  • With - The word "with" should be interpreted to mean "associated with" or "due to" when it appears in a code title, the Alphabetic Index, or an instructional note in the Tabular List. The word "with" in the Alphabetic Index is sequenced immediately following the main term, not in alphabetical order.