2021 ICD-10-CM Code T17.29

Other foreign object in pharynx

Version 2021
Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

T17.29 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of other foreign object in pharynx. The code is NOT valid for the year 2021 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.

ICD-10:T17.29
Short Description:Other foreign object in pharynx
Long Description:Other foreign object in pharynx

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Other foreign object in pharynx

Header codes like T17.29 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 other foreign object in pharynx:

  • T17.290 - Other foreign object in pharynx causing asphyxiation
  • T17.290A - Other foreign object in pharynx causing asphyxiation, initial encounter
  • T17.290D - Other foreign object in pharynx causing asphyxiation, subsequent encounter
  • T17.290S - Other foreign object in pharynx causing asphyxiation, sequela
  • T17.298 - Other foreign object in pharynx causing other injury
  • T17.298A - Other foreign object in pharynx causing other injury, initial encounter
  • T17.298D - Other foreign object in pharynx causing other injury, subsequent encounter
  • T17.298S - Other foreign object in pharynx causing other injury, sequela

Information for Patients


Foreign Bodies

If you've ever gotten a splinter or had sand in your eye, you've had experience with a foreign body. A foreign body is something that is stuck inside you but isn't supposed to be there. You may inhale or swallow a foreign body, or you may get one from an injury to almost any part of your body. Foreign bodies are more common in small children, who sometimes stick things in their mouths, ears, and noses.

Some foreign bodies, like a small splinter, do not cause serious harm. Inhaled or swallowed foreign bodies may cause choking or bowel obstruction and may require medical care.


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Code History

  • FY 2021 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2020 through 9/30/2021
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016 (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)