R18 - Ascites
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R18 is a non-specific and non-billable ICD-10 code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of ascites. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2023 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.
According to ICD-10-CM guidelines this code should not to be used as a principal diagnosis code when a related definitive diagnosis has been established.
- Ascites-. accumulation or retention of free fluid within the peritoneal cavity.
- Carcinoma, Ehrlich Tumor-. a transplantable, poorly differentiated malignant tumor which appeared originally as a spontaneous breast carcinoma in a mouse. it grows in both solid and ascitic forms.
- Chylous Ascites-. presence of milky lymph (chyle) in the peritoneal cavity, with or without infection.
- Mucin-4-. a transmembrane mucin that is found in a broad variety of epithelial tissue. mucin-4 may play a role in regulating cellular adhesion and in cell surface signaling from the erbb-2 receptor protein-tyrosine kinase. mucin-4 is a heterodimer of alpha and beta chains. the alpha and beta chains result from the proteolytic cleavage of a precursor protein.
- Peritoneovenous Shunt-. an operation for the continuous emptying of ascitic fluid into the venous system. fluid removal is based on intraperitoneal and intrathoracic superior vena cava pressure differentials and is performed via a pressure-sensitive one-way valve connected to a tube traversing the subcutaneous tissue of the chest wall to the neck where it enters the internal jugular vein and terminates in the superior vena cava. it is used in the treatment of intractable ascites.
- Pseudomyxoma Peritonei-. a peritoneal adenocarcinoma characterized by build-up of mucus in the peritoneal cavity. mucus secreting cells may attach to the peritoneal lining and continue to secrete mucus. the majority of cases represent tumor spread from a primary low-grade mucinous neoplasm of the appendix (nci thesaurus).
- Receptor, ErbB-2-. a cell surface protein-tyrosine kinase receptor that is overexpressed in a variety of adenocarcinomas. it has extensive homology to and heterodimerizes with the egf receptor, the erbb-3 receptor, and the erbb-4 receptor. activation of the erbb-2 receptor occurs through heterodimer formation with a ligand-bound erbb receptor family member.
Specific Coding for Ascites
Non-specific codes like R18 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 ascites:
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- fluid in peritoneal cavity
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