Valid for Submission
N73.6 is a billable diagnosis code used to specify a medical diagnosis of female pelvic peritoneal adhesions (postinfective). The code N73.6 is valid during the fiscal year 2021 from October 01, 2020 through September 30, 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.
The ICD-10-CM code N73.6 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like adhesion of pelvic peritoneum, adhesion of pelvic peritoneum, adhesion of pelvis, adhesions due to endometriosis, adhesions of uterus , female infertility due to pelvic peritoneal adhesion, etc.
The code N73.6 is applicable to female patients only. It is clinically and virtually impossible to use this code on a non-female patient.
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 N73.6:
Type 2 ExcludesType 2 Excludes
A type 2 excludes note represents "Not included here". An excludes2 note indicates that the condition excluded is not part of the condition represented by the code, but a patient may have both conditions at the same time. When an Excludes2 note appears under a code, it is acceptable to use both the code and the excluded code together, when appropriate.
- postprocedural pelvic peritoneal adhesions N99.4
Index to Diseases and Injuries
The Index to Diseases and Injuries is an alphabetical listing of medical terms, with each term mapped to one or more ICD-10 code(s). The following references for the code N73.6 are found in the index:
- - Adhesions, adhesive (postinfective) - K66.0
- - female pelvis - N73.6
- - ovary - N73.6
- - paraovarian - N73.6
- - pelvic (peritoneal)
- - periovarian - N73.6
- - peritoneum, peritoneal (postinfective) - K66.0
- - peritubal - N73.6
- - periuterine - N73.6
- - tubo-ovarian - N73.6
- - uterus - N73.6
- - to abdominal wall - N73.6
The Medicare Code Editor (MCE) detects and reports errors in the coding of claims data. The following ICD-10 Code Edits are applicable to this code:
The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:
- Adhesion of pelvic peritoneum
- Adhesion of pelvic peritoneum
- Adhesion of pelvis
- Adhesions due to endometriosis
- Adhesions of uterus
- Female infertility due to pelvic peritoneal adhesion
- Female pelvic peritoneal adhesions
- Fimbrial adhesions
- Para-ovarian adhesion
- Peritubal adhesions
- Tubo-ovarian adhesions
Diagnostic Related Groups - MS-DRG Mapping
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Information for Patients
Also called: Abdominal adhesions
Adhesions are bands of scar-like tissue. Normally, internal tissues and organs have slippery surfaces so they can shift easily as the body moves. Adhesions cause tissues and organs to stick together. They might connect the loops of the intestines to each other, to nearby organs, or to the wall of the abdomen. They can pull sections of the intestines out of place. This may block food from passing through the intestine.
Adhesions can occur anywhere in the body. But they often form after surgery on the abdomen. Almost everyone who has surgery on the abdomen gets adhesions. Some adhesions don't cause any problems. But when they partly or completely block the intestines, they cause symptoms such as
- Severe abdominal pain or cramping
- An inability to pass gas
Adhesions can sometimes cause infertility in women by preventing fertilized eggs from reaching the uterus.
No tests are available to detect adhesions. Doctors usually find them during surgery to diagnose other problems.
Some adhesions go away by themselves. If they partly block your intestines, a diet low in fiber can allow food to move easily through the affected area. If you have a complete intestinal obstruction, it is life-threatening. You should get immediate medical attention and may need surgery.
NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
- Abdominal Adhesions - NIH (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)
- Adhesion (Medical Encyclopedia)
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