N13.72 - Vesicoureteral-reflux with reflux nephropathy without hydroureter

Version 2023
ICD-10:N13.72
Short Description:Vesicoureteral-reflux w reflux nephropathy w/o hydroureter
Long Description:Vesicoureteral-reflux with reflux nephropathy without hydroureter
Status: Not Valid for Submission
Version:ICD-10-CM 2023
Code Classification:
  • Diseases of the genitourinary system (N00–N99)
    • Renal tubulo-interstitial diseases (N10-N16)
      • Obstructive and reflux uropathy (N13)

N13.72 is a non-specific and non-billable ICD-10 code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of vesicoureteral-reflux with reflux nephropathy without hydroureter. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2023 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 w reflux nephropathy w/o hydroureter

Non-specific codes like N13.72 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 w reflux nephropathy w/o hydroureter:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use N13.721 for Vesicoureteral-reflux with reflux nephropathy without hydroureter, unilateral
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use N13.722 for Vesicoureteral-reflux with reflux nephropathy without hydroureter, bilateral
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use N13.729 for Vesicoureteral-reflux with reflux nephropathy without hydroureter, unspecified

Patient Education


Kidney Diseases

You have two kidneys, each about the size of your fist. They are near the middle of your back, just below the rib cage. Inside each kidney there are about a million tiny structures called nephrons. They filter your blood. They remove wastes and extra water, which become urine. The urine flows through tubes called ureters. It goes to your bladder, which stores the urine until you go to the bathroom.

Most kidney diseases attack the nephrons. This damage may leave kidneys unable to remove wastes. Causes can include genetic problems, injuries, or medicines. You have a higher risk of kidney disease if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, or a close family member with kidney disease. Chronic kidney disease damages the nephrons slowly over several years. Other kidney problems include:

Your doctor can do blood and urine tests to check if you have kidney disease. If your kidneys fail, you will need dialysis or a kidney transplant.

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Ureteral Disorders

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.

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