2021 ICD-10-CM Code T17.5

Foreign body in bronchus

Version 2021
Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

T17.5 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of foreign body in bronchus. 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:T17.5
Short Description:Foreign body in bronchus
Long Description:Foreign body in bronchus

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Foreign body in bronchus

Header codes like T17.5 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 foreign body in bronchus:

  • T17.50 - Unspecified foreign body in bronchus
  • T17.500 - Unspecified foreign body in bronchus causing asphyxiation
  • T17.500A - Unspecified foreign body in bronchus causing asphyxiation, initial encounter
  • T17.500D - Unspecified foreign body in bronchus causing asphyxiation, subsequent encounter
  • T17.500S - Unspecified foreign body in bronchus causing asphyxiation, sequela
  • T17.508 - Unspecified foreign body in bronchus causing other injury
  • T17.508A - Unspecified foreign body in bronchus causing other injury, initial encounter
  • T17.508D - Unspecified foreign body in bronchus causing other injury, subsequent encounter
  • T17.508S - Unspecified foreign body in bronchus causing other injury, sequela
  • T17.51 - Gastric contents in bronchus
  • T17.510 - Gastric contents in bronchus causing asphyxiation
  • T17.510A - Gastric contents in bronchus causing asphyxiation, initial encounter
  • T17.510D - Gastric contents in bronchus causing asphyxiation, subsequent encounter
  • T17.510S - Gastric contents in bronchus causing asphyxiation, sequela
  • T17.518 - Gastric contents in bronchus causing other injury
  • T17.518A - Gastric contents in bronchus causing other injury, initial encounter
  • T17.518D - Gastric contents in bronchus causing other injury, subsequent encounter
  • T17.518S - Gastric contents in bronchus causing other injury, sequela
  • T17.52 - Food in bronchus
  • T17.520 - Food in bronchus causing asphyxiation
  • T17.520A - Food in bronchus causing asphyxiation, initial encounter
  • T17.520D - Food in bronchus causing asphyxiation, subsequent encounter
  • T17.520S - Food in bronchus causing asphyxiation, sequela
  • T17.528 - Food in bronchus causing other injury
  • T17.528A - Food in bronchus causing other injury, initial encounter
  • T17.528D - Food in bronchus causing other injury, subsequent encounter
  • T17.528S - Food in bronchus causing other injury, sequela
  • T17.59 - Other foreign object in bronchus
  • T17.590 - Other foreign object in bronchus causing asphyxiation
  • T17.590A - Other foreign object in bronchus causing asphyxiation, initial encounter
  • T17.590D - Other foreign object in bronchus causing asphyxiation, subsequent encounter
  • T17.590S - Other foreign object in bronchus causing asphyxiation, sequela
  • T17.598 - Other foreign object in bronchus causing other injury
  • T17.598A - Other foreign object in bronchus causing other injury, initial encounter
  • T17.598D - Other foreign object in bronchus causing other injury, subsequent encounter
  • T17.598S - Other foreign object in bronchus 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)