ICD-10-CM Code N17

Acute kidney failure

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

N17 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of acute kidney failure. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:N17
Short Description:Acute kidney failure
Long Description:Acute kidney failure

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

  • N17.0 - Acute kidney failure with tubular necrosis
  • N17.1 - Acute kidney failure with acute cortical necrosis
  • N17.2 - Acute kidney failure with medullary necrosis
  • N17.8 - Other acute kidney failure
  • N17.9 - ... 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 N17:

Code Also

Code Also
A "code also" note instructs that two codes may be required to fully describe a condition, but this note does not provide sequencing direction.
  • associated underlying condition

Type 1 Excludes

Type 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.
  • posttraumatic renal failure T79.5

Clinical Information

  • ACUTE KIDNEY INJURY-. abrupt reduction in kidney function. acute kidney injury encompasses the entire spectrum of the syndrome including acute kidney failure; acute kidney tubular necrosis; and other less severe conditions.

Code Classification

  • Diseases of the genitourinary system (N00–N99)
    • Acute kidney failure and chronic kidney disease (N17-N19)
      • Acute kidney failure (N17)

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 - No Change, 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


Kidney Failure

Healthy kidneys clean your blood by removing excess fluid, minerals, and wastes. They also make hormones that keep your bones strong and your blood healthy. But if the kidneys are damaged, they don't work properly. Harmful wastes can build up in your body. Your blood pressure may rise. Your body may retain excess fluid and not make enough red blood cells. This is called kidney failure.

If your kidneys fail, you need treatment to replace the work they normally do. The treatment options are dialysis or a kidney transplant. Each treatment has benefits and drawbacks. No matter which treatment you choose, you'll need to make some changes in your life, including how you eat and plan your activities. But with the help of health care providers, family, and friends, most people with kidney failure can lead full and active lives.

NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases


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