ICD-10-CM Code K61.3

Ischiorectal abscess

Version 2020 Replaced Code Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

K61.3 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of ischiorectal abscess. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:K61.3
Short Description:Ischiorectal abscess
Long Description:Ischiorectal abscess

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

  • K61.31 - Horseshoe abscess
  • K61.39 - Other ischiorectal abscess

Replaced Code

This code was replaced in the 2020 ICD-10 code set with the code(s) listed below. The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) has published an update to the ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes which became effective October 1, 2019. This code was replaced for the FY 2020 (October 1, 2019 - September 30, 2020).

  • K61.31 - Horseshoe abscess
  • K61.39 - Other ischiorectal abscess
  • K61.5 - Supralevator abscess

Convert K61.3 to ICD-9

  • 566 - Anal & rectal abscess (Approximate Flag)

Code Classification

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

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 - Code Deleted, 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


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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Rectal Disorders

The rectum is the lower part of your large intestine where your body stores stool. Problems with rectum are common. They include hemorrhoids, abscesses, incontinence and cancer.

Many people are embarrassed to talk about rectal troubles. But seeing your doctor about problems in this area is important. This is especially true if you have pain or bleeding. Treatments vary depending on the particular problem.

NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases


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