Not Valid for Submission
N35.9 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of urethral stricture, unspecified. 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.
Unspecified diagnosis codes like N35.9 are acceptable when clinical information is unknown or not available about a particular condition. Although a more specific code is preferable, unspecified codes should be used when such codes most accurately reflect what is known about a patient's condition. Specific diagnosis codes should not be used if not supported by the patient's medical record.
Specific Coding for Urethral stricture, unspecified
Header codes like N35.9 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 urethral stricture, unspecified:
- N35.91 - ... male
- N35.911 - Unspecified urethral stricture, male, meatal
- N35.912 - Unspecified bulbous urethral stricture, male
- N35.913 - Unspecified membranous urethral stricture, male
- N35.914 - Unspecified anterior urethral stricture, male
- N35.916 - Unspecified urethral stricture, male, overlapping sites
- N35.919 - Unspecified urethral stricture, male, unspecified site
- N35.92 - Unspecified urethral stricture, female
- URETHRAL STRICTURE-. narrowing of any part of the urethra. it is characterized by decreased urinary stream and often other obstructive voiding symptoms.
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Information for Patients
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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