2022 ICD-10-CM Code K61

Abscess of anal and rectal regions

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

ICD-10:K61
Short Description:Abscess of anal and rectal regions
Long Description:Abscess of anal and rectal regions

Code Classification

  • Diseases of the digestive system (K00–K93)
    • Other diseases of intestines (K55-K64)
      • Abscess of anal and rectal regions (K61)

K61 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of abscess of anal and rectal regions. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2022 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.

Specific Coding for Abscess of anal and rectal regions

Non-specific codes like K61 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 abscess of anal and rectal regions:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use K61.0 for Anal abscess
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use K61.1 for Rectal abscess
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use K61.2 for Anorectal abscess
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - K61.3 for Ischiorectal abscess
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use K61.31 for Horseshoe abscess
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use K61.39 for Other ischiorectal abscess
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use K61.4 for Intrasphincteric abscess
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use K61.5 for Supralevator abscess

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 K61:


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Information for Patients


Abscess

An abscess is a pocket of pus. You can get an abscess almost anywhere in your body. When an area of your body becomes infected, your body's immune system tries to fight the infection. White blood cells go to the infected area, collect within the damaged tissue, and cause inflammation. During this process, pus forms. Pus is a mixture of living and dead white blood cells, germs, and dead tissue.

Bacteria, viruses, parasites and swallowed objects can all lead to abscesses. Skin abscesses are easy to detect. They are red, raised and painful. Abscesses inside your body may not be obvious and can damage organs, including the brain, lungs and others. Treatments include drainage and antibiotics.


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Anal Disorders

The anus is the opening of the rectum through which stool passes out of your body. Problems with the anus are common. They include hemorrhoids, abscesses, fissures (cracks), and cancer.

You may be embarrassed to talk about your anal troubles. But it is important to let your doctor know, especially if you have pain or bleeding. The more details you can give about your problem, the better your doctor will be able to help you. Treatments vary depending on the particular problem.

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)