ICD-10-CM Code R84.5

Abnormal microbiological findings in specimens from respiratory organs and thorax

Version 2020 Billable Code No Valid Principal Dx

Valid for Submission

R84.5 is a billable code used to specify a medical diagnosis of abnormal microbiological findings in specimens from respiratory organs and thorax. The code is valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. The ICD-10-CM code R84.5 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like acid-fast bacilli in sputum, acid-fast bacteria present, breath test finding, helicobacter breath test positive, helicobacter pylori breath test finding, influenza a virus inconclusive, etc

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.

ICD-10:R84.5
Short Description:Abnormal microbiolog findings in specmn from resp org/thrx
Long Description:Abnormal microbiological findings in specimens from respiratory organs and thorax

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 R84.5:

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.
  • Positive culture findings in specimens from respiratory organs and thorax

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.
  • colonization status Z22

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 R84.5 are found in the index:


Synonyms

The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:

  • Acid-fast bacilli in sputum
  • Acid-fast bacteria present
  • Breath test finding
  • Helicobacter breath test positive
  • Helicobacter pylori breath test finding
  • Influenza A virus inconclusive
  • Influenza A virus not detected
  • Influenza A virus subtype H1 2009 pandemic strain inconclusive
  • Influenza A virus subtype H1 2009 pandemic strain not detected
  • Influenza A virus subtype H1 inconclusive
  • Influenza A virus subtype H1 not detected
  • Influenza A virus subtype H5 asian strain inconclusive
  • Influenza A virus subtype H5 inconclusive
  • Microbiologic culture of sputum positive
  • Nose swab culture positive
  • Positive sputum culture for hRSV
  • Sputum culture positive for Aspergillus
  • Sputum culture positive for extended beta lactamase producing Escherichia coli
  • Sputum culture positive for Pseudomonas
  • Sputum evidence of infection
  • Sputum: eosinophilia
  • Sputum: tubercle on Z-N stain
  • Throat swab culture positive
  • Virus inconclusive
  • Virus not detected

Diagnostic Related Groups

The ICD-10 code R84.5 is grouped in the following groups for version MS-DRG V37.0 What are Diagnostic Related Groups?
The Diagnostic Related Groups (DRGs) are a patient classification scheme which provides a means of relating the type of patients a hospital treats. The DRGs divides all possible principal diagnoses into mutually exclusive principal diagnosis areas referred to as Major Diagnostic Categories (MDC).
applicable from 10/01/2019 through 09/30/2020.

  • 947 - SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS WITH MCC
  • 948 - SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS WITHOUT MCC

Convert R84.5 to ICD-9

  • 792.9 - Abn find-body subst NEC (Approximate Flag)

Code Classification

  • Symptoms, signs and abnormal clinical and laboratory findings, not elsewhere classified (R00–R99)
    • Abnormal findings on examination of other body fluids, substances and tissues, without diagnosis (R83-R89)
      • Abnormal findings in specimens from resp org/thrx (R84)

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