Not Valid for Submission
T17.40 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of unspecified foreign body in trachea. 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.
Unspecified diagnosis codes like T17.40 are acceptable when clinical information is unknown or not available about a particular condition. Although a more specific code is preferable, unspecified codes should be used when such codes most accurately reflect what is known about a patient's condition. Specific diagnosis codes should not be used if not supported by the patient's medical record.
Specific Coding for Unspecified foreign body in trachea
Header codes like T17.40 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 unspecified foreign body in trachea:
- T17.400 - Unspecified foreign body in trachea causing asphyxiation
- T17.400A - Unspecified foreign body in trachea causing asphyxiation, initial encounter
- T17.400D - Unspecified foreign body in trachea causing asphyxiation, subsequent encounter
- T17.400S - Unspecified foreign body in trachea causing asphyxiation, sequela
- T17.408 - Unspecified foreign body in trachea causing other injury
- T17.408A - Unspecified foreign body in trachea causing other injury, initial encounter
- T17.408D - Unspecified foreign body in trachea causing other injury, subsequent encounter
- T17.408S - Unspecified foreign body in trachea causing other injury, sequela
Information for Patients
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.
- Bezoar (Medical Encyclopedia)
- Eye - foreign object in (Medical Encyclopedia)
- Foreign body in the nose (Medical Encyclopedia)
- Foreign object - inhaled or swallowed (Medical Encyclopedia)
- Splinter removal (Medical Encyclopedia)
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