2022 ICD-10-CM Code K68.1

Retroperitoneal abscess

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

ICD-10:K68.1
Short Description:Retroperitoneal abscess
Long Description:Retroperitoneal abscess

Code Classification

  • Diseases of the digestive system (K00–K93)
    • Diseases of peritoneum and retroperitoneum (K65-K68)
      • Disorders of retroperitoneum (K68)

K68.1 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of retroperitoneal abscess. 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 Retroperitoneal abscess

Non-specific codes like K68.1 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 retroperitoneal abscess:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use K68.11 for Postprocedural retroperitoneal abscess
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use K68.12 for Psoas muscle abscess
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use K68.19 for Other retroperitoneal abscess

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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Peritoneal Disorders

Your peritoneum is the tissue that lines your abdominal wall and covers most of the organs in your abdomen. A liquid, peritoneal fluid, lubricates the surface of this tissue.

Disorders of the peritoneum are not common. They include

Your doctor may use imaging tests or lab tests to analyze the peritoneal fluid to diagnose the problem. Treatment of peritoneal disorders depends on the cause.


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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)