ICD-10 Code T17.900

Unspecified foreign body in respiratory tract, part unspecified causing asphyxiation

Version 2019 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

T17.900 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of unspecified foreign body in respiratory tract, part unspecified causing asphyxiation. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10: T17.900
Short Description:Unsp foreign body in resp tract, part unsp causing asphyx
Long Description:Unspecified foreign body in respiratory tract, part unspecified causing asphyxiation

Consider the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity:

  • T17.900A - Unspecified foreign body in respiratory tract, part unspecified causing asphyxiation, initial encounter
  • T17.900D - Unspecified foreign body in respiratory tract, part unspecified causing asphyxiation, subsequent encounter
  • T17.900S - Unspecified foreign body in respiratory tract, part unspecified causing asphyxiation, sequela

Code Classification

  • Injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes (S00–T98)
    • Effects of foreign body entering through natural orifice (T15-T19)
      • Foreign body in respiratory tract (T17)

Code History

  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016
    (first year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA mandated 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

Information for Medical Professionals

Synonyms

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

  • Inhalation or ingestion of foreign body with respiratory obstruction or suffocation
  • Obstruction of airway by foreign body
  • Partial obstruction of airway by foreign body

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 T17.900 are found in the index:


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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ICD-10 Footnotes

General Equivalence Map Definitions
The ICD-10 and ICD-9 GEMs are used to facilitate linking between the diagnosis codes in ICD-9-CM and the new ICD-10-CM code set. The GEMs are the raw material from which providers, health information vendors and payers can derive specific applied mappings to meet their needs.

  • Approximate Flag - The approximate flag is on, indicating that the relationship between the code in the source system and the code in the target system is an approximate equivalent.
  • No Map Flag - The no map flag indicates that a code in the source system is not linked to any code in the target system.
  • Combination Flag - The combination flag indicates that more than one code in the target system is required to satisfy the full equivalent meaning of a code in the source system.