ICD-10-CM Code P78

Other perinatal digestive system disorders

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

P78 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of other perinatal digestive system disorders. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:P78
Short Description:Other perinatal digestive system disorders
Long Description:Other perinatal digestive system disorders

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

  • P78.0 - Perinatal intestinal perforation
  • P78.1 - Other neonatal peritonitis
  • P78.2 - Neonatal hematemesis and melena due to swallowed maternal blood
  • P78.3 - Noninfective neonatal diarrhea
  • P78.8 - Other specified perinatal digestive system disorders
  • P78.81 - Congenital cirrhosis (of liver)
  • P78.82 - Peptic ulcer of newborn
  • P78.83 - Newborn esophageal reflux
  • P78.84 - Gestational alloimmune liver disease
  • P78.89 - Other specified perinatal digestive system disorders
  • P78.9 - Perinatal digestive system disorder, 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 P78:

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.

Code Classification

  • Certain conditions originating in the perinatal period (P00–P96)
    • Digestive system disorders of newborn (P76-P78)
      • Other perinatal digestive system disorders (P78)

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


Digestive Diseases

When you eat, your body breaks food down to a form it can use to build and nourish cells and provide energy. This process is called digestion.

Your digestive system is a series of hollow organs joined in a long, twisting tube. It runs from your mouth to your anus and includes your esophagus, stomach, and small and large intestines. Your liver, gallbladder and pancreas are also involved. They produce juices to help digestion.

There are many types of digestive disorders. The symptoms vary widely depending on the problem. In general, you should see your doctor if you have

  • Blood in your stool
  • Changes in bowel habits
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Unintentional weight loss
  • Heartburn not relieved by antacids

NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases


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Uncommon Infant and Newborn Problems

It can be scary when your baby is sick, especially when it is not an everyday problem like a cold or a fever. You may not know whether the problem is serious or how to treat it. If you have concerns about your baby's health, call your health care provider right away.

Learning information about your baby's condition can help ease your worry. Do not be afraid to ask questions about your baby's care. By working together with your health care provider, you make sure that your baby gets the best care possible.


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