ICD-10-CM Code Q27.3

Arteriovenous malformation (peripheral)

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

Q27.3 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of arteriovenous malformation (peripheral). The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:Q27.3
Short Description:Arteriovenous malformation (peripheral)
Long Description:Arteriovenous malformation (peripheral)

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

  • Q27.30 - Arteriovenous malformation, site unspecified
  • Q27.31 - Arteriovenous malformation of vessel of upper limb
  • Q27.32 - Arteriovenous malformation of vessel of lower limb
  • Q27.33 - Arteriovenous malformation of digestive system vessel
  • Q27.34 - Arteriovenous malformation of renal vessel
  • Q27.39 - Arteriovenous malformation, other site

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 Q27.3:

Inclusion Terms

Inclusion Terms
These terms are the conditions for which that code is to be used. The terms may be synonyms of the code title, or, in the case of "other specified" codes, the terms are a list of the various conditions assigned to that code. The inclusion terms are not necessarily exhaustive. Additional terms found only in the Alphabetic Index may also be assigned to a code.
  • Arteriovenous aneurysm

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.
  • acquired arteriovenous aneurysm I77.0

Type 2 Excludes

Type 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.
  • arteriovenous malformation of cerebral vessels Q28.2
  • arteriovenous malformation of precerebral vessels Q28.0

Clinical Information

  • ARTERIOVENOUS MALFORMATIONS-. abnormal formation of blood vessels that shunt arterial blood directly into veins without passing through the capillaries. they usually are crooked dilated and with thick vessel walls. a common type is the congenital arteriovenous fistula. the lack of blood flow and oxygen in the capillaries can lead to tissue damage in the affected areas.
  • INTRACRANIAL ARTERIOVENOUS MALFORMATIONS-. congenital vascular anomalies in the brain characterized by direct communication between an artery and a vein without passing through the capillaries. the locations and size of the shunts determine the symptoms including headaches; seizures; stroke; intracranial hemorrhages; mass effect; and vascular steal effect.

Code Classification

  • Congenital malformations, deformations and chromosomal abnormalities (Q00-Q99)
    • Congenital malformations of the circulatory system (Q20-Q28)
      • Other congenital malformations of peripheral vascular system (Q27)

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


Arteriovenous Malformations

Arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) are defects in your vascular system. The vascular system includes arteries, veins, and capillaries. Arteries carry blood away from the heart to other organs; veins carry blood back to the heart. Capillaries connect the arteries and veins. An AVM is a snarled tangle of arteries and veins. They are connected to each other, with no capillaries. That interferes with the blood circulation in an organ.

AVMs can happen anywhere, but they are more common in the brain or spinal cord. Most people with brain or spinal cord AVMs have few, if any, major symptoms. Sometimes they can cause seizures or headaches.

AVMs are rare. The cause is not known, but they seem to develop during pregnancy or soon after birth. Doctors use imaging tests to detect them.

Medicines can help with the symptoms from AVMs. The greatest danger is hemorrhage. Treatment for AVMs can include surgery or focused radiation therapy. Because surgery can be risky, you and your doctor need to make a decision carefully.

NIH: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke


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