ICD-10-CM Code K57.5

Diverticular disease of both small and large intestine without perforation or abscess

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

K57.5 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of diverticular disease of both small and large intestine without perforation or abscess. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:K57.5
Short Description:Diverticular dis of both small and lg int w/o perf or abscs
Long Description:Diverticular disease of both small and large intestine without perforation or abscess

Consider the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity:

  • K57.50 - Diverticulosis of both small and large intestine without perforation or abscess without bleeding
  • K57.51 - Diverticulosis of both small and large intestine without perforation or abscess with bleeding
  • K57.52 - Diverticulitis of both small and large intestine without perforation or abscess without bleeding
  • K57.53 - Diverticulitis of both small and large intestine without perforation or abscess with bleeding

Code Classification

  • Diseases of the digestive system (K00–K93)
    • Other diseases of intestines (K55-K64)
      • Diverticular disease of intestine (K57)

Code History

  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016
    (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020

Information for Patients


Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis

Diverticula are small pouches that bulge outward through the colon, or large intestine. If you have these pouches, you have a condition called diverticulosis. It becomes more common as people age. About half of all people over age 60 have it. Doctors believe the main cause is a low-fiber diet.

Most people with diverticulosis don't have symptoms. Sometimes it causes mild cramps, bloating or constipation. Diverticulosis is often found through tests ordered for something else. For example, it is often found during a colonoscopy to screen for cancer. A high-fiber diet and mild pain reliever will often relieve symptoms.

If the pouches become inflamed or infected, you have a condition called diverticulitis. The most common symptom is abdominal pain, usually on the left side. You may also have fever, nausea, vomiting, chills, cramping, and constipation. In serious cases, diverticulitis can lead to bleeding, tears, or blockages. Your doctor will do a physical exam and imaging tests to diagnose it. Treatment may include antibiotics, pain relievers, and a liquid diet. A serious case may require a hospital stay or surgery.

NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases


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