ICD-10-CM Code R88.8

Abnormal findings in other body fluids and substances

Version 2020 Billable Code No Valid Principal Dx

Valid for Submission

R88.8 is a billable code used to specify a medical diagnosis of abnormal findings in other body fluids and substances. The code is valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. The ICD-10-CM code R88.8 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like abnormal ascitic fluid chemistry, amniotic fluid examination abnormal, ascitic fluid chemistry - finding, pleural fluid specific gravity - finding, specific gravity - finding, specific gravity in pleural fluid below reference range, 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:R88.8
Short Description:Abnormal findings in other body fluids and substances
Long Description:Abnormal findings in other body fluids and substances

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 R88.8 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:

  • Abnormal ascitic fluid chemistry
  • Amniotic fluid examination abnormal
  • Ascitic fluid chemistry - finding
  • Pleural fluid specific gravity - finding
  • Specific gravity - finding
  • Specific gravity in pleural fluid below reference range

Diagnostic Related Groups

The ICD-10 code R88.8 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 R88.8 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 other body fluids and substances (R88)

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