Not Valid for Submission
N73 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of other female pelvic inflammatory diseases. 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.
Specific Coding for Other female pelvic inflammatory diseases
Header codes like N73 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 other female pelvic inflammatory diseases:
- N73.0 - Acute parametritis and pelvic cellulitis
- N73.1 - Chronic parametritis and pelvic cellulitis
- N73.2 - Unspecified parametritis and pelvic cellulitis
- N73.3 - Female acute pelvic peritonitis
- N73.4 - Female chronic pelvic peritonitis
- N73.5 - Female pelvic peritonitis, unspecified
- N73.6 - Female pelvic peritoneal adhesions (postinfective)
- N73.8 - Other specified female pelvic inflammatory diseases
- N73.9 - Female pelvic inflammatory disease, 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 N73:
Use Additional CodeUse Additional Code
The “use additional code” indicates that a secondary code could be used to further specify the patient’s condition. This note is not mandatory and is only used if enough information is available to assign an additional code.
Information for Patients
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
Also called: PID
Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is an infection and inflammation of the uterus, ovaries, and other female reproductive organs. It causes scarring in these organs. This can lead to infertility, ectopic pregnancy, pelvic pain, abscesses, and other serious problems. PID is the most common preventable cause of infertility in the United States.
Gonorrhea and chlamydia, two sexually transmitted diseases, are the most common causes of PID. Other bacteria can also cause it. You are at greater risk if you
- Are sexually active and younger than 25
- Have more than one sex partner
Some women have no symptoms. Others have pain in the lower abdomen, fever, smelly vaginal discharge, irregular bleeding, and pain during intercourse or urination. Doctors diagnose PID with a physical exam, lab tests, and imaging tests. Antibiotics can cure PID. Early treatment is important. Waiting too long increases the risk of infertility.
NIH: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) (Medical Encyclopedia)
- Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) -- aftercare (Medical Encyclopedia)