Not Valid for Submission
N13.7 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of vesicoureteral-reflux. The code is NOT valid for the year 2021 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 Vesicoureteral-reflux
Header codes like N13.7 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 vesicoureteral-reflux:
- N13.70 - ... unspecified
- N13.71 - Vesicoureteral-reflux without reflux nephropathy
- N13.72 - Vesicoureteral-reflux with reflux nephropathy without hydroureter
- N13.721 - Vesicoureteral-reflux with reflux nephropathy without hydroureter, unilateral
- N13.722 - Vesicoureteral-reflux with reflux nephropathy without hydroureter, bilateral
- N13.729 - Vesicoureteral-reflux with reflux nephropathy without hydroureter, unspecified
- N13.73 - Vesicoureteral-reflux with reflux nephropathy with hydroureter
- N13.731 - Vesicoureteral-reflux with reflux nephropathy with hydroureter, unilateral
- N13.732 - Vesicoureteral-reflux with reflux nephropathy with hydroureter, bilateral
- N13.739 - Vesicoureteral-reflux with reflux nephropathy with hydroureter, unspecified
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 are applicable to the code N13.7:
Type 1 ExcludesType 1 Excludes
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.
- reflux-associated pyelonephritis N11.0
- VESICO URETERAL REFLUX-. retrograde flow of urine from the urinary bladder into the ureter. this is often due to incompetence of the vesicoureteral valve leading to ascending bacterial infection into the kidney.
Information for Patients
Your kidneys make urine by filtering wastes and extra water from your blood. The urine travels from the kidneys to the bladder in two thin tubes called ureters.
The ureters are about 8 to 10 inches long. Muscles in the ureter walls tighten and relax to force urine down and away from the kidneys. Small amounts of urine flow from the ureters into the bladder about every 10 to 15 seconds.
Sometimes the ureters can become blocked or injured. This can block the flow of urine to the bladder. If urine stands still or backs up the ureter, you may get a urinary tract infections.
Doctors diagnose problems with the ureters using different tests. These include urine tests, x-rays, and examination of the ureter with a scope called a cystoscope. Treatment depends on the cause of the problem. It may include medicines and, in severe cases, surgery.
NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
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