ICD-10-CM Code N35.8

Other urethral stricture

Version 2020 Replaced Code Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

N35.8 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of other urethral stricture. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:N35.8
Short Description:Other urethral stricture
Long Description:Other urethral stricture

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

  • N35.81 - Other urethral stricture, male
  • N35.811 - Other urethral stricture, male, meatal
  • N35.812 - Other urethral bulbous stricture, male
  • N35.813 - Other membranous urethral stricture, male
  • N35.814 - Other anterior urethral stricture, male
  • N35.816 - Other urethral stricture, male, overlapping sites
  • N35.819 - Other urethral stricture, male, unspecified site
  • N35.82 - Other urethral stricture, female

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).

  • N35.811 - Other urethral stricture, male, meatal
  • N35.812 - Other urethral bulbous stricture, male
  • N35.813 - Other membranous urethral stricture, male
  • N35.814 - Other anterior urethral stricture, male
  • N35.816 - Other urethral stricture, male, overlapping sites
  • N35.819 - Other urethral stricture, male, unspecified site
  • N35.82 - Other urethral stricture, female

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 N35.8:

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.
  • postprocedural urethral stricture N99.1

Clinical Information

  • URETHRAL STRICTURE-. narrowing of any part of the urethra. it is characterized by decreased urinary stream and often other obstructive voiding symptoms.

Convert N35.8 to ICD-9

  • 598.8 - Urethral stricture NEC

Code Classification

  • Diseases of the genitourinary system (N00–N99)
    • Other diseases of the urinary system (N30-N39)
      • Urethral stricture (N35)

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


Urethral Disorders

The urethra is the tube that allows urine to pass out of the body. In men, it's a long tube that runs through the penis. It also carries semen in men. In women, it's short and is just above the vagina. Urethral problems may happen due to aging, illness, or injury. They include

  • Urethral cancer - a rare cancer that happens more often in men
  • Urethral stricture - a narrowing of the opening of the urethra
  • Urethritis - inflammation of the urethra, sometimes caused by infection

Urethral problems may cause pain or difficulty passing urine. You may also have bleeding or discharge from the urethra.

Doctors diagnose urethral problems using different tests. These include urine tests, x-rays and an examination of the urethra 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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