ICD-10-CM Code N36

Other disorders of urethra

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

N36 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of other disorders of urethra. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

Short Description:Other disorders of urethra
Long Description:Other disorders of urethra

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

  • N36.0 - Urethral fistula
  • N36.1 - Urethral diverticulum
  • N36.2 - Urethral caruncle
  • N36.4 - Urethral functional and muscular disorders
  • N36.41 - Hypermobility of urethra
  • N36.42 - Intrinsic sphincter deficiency (ISD)
  • N36.43 - Combined hypermobility of urethra and intrinsic sphincter deficiency
  • N36.44 - Muscular disorders of urethra
  • N36.5 - Urethral false passage
  • N36.8 - Other specified disorders of urethra
  • N36.9 - Urethral disorder, unspecified

Code Classification

  • Diseases of the genitourinary system (N00–N99)
    • Other diseases of the urinary system (N30-N39)
      • Other disorders of urethra (N36)

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

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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