ICD-10-CM Code T17.918

Gastric contents in respiratory tract, part unspecified causing other injury

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

T17.918 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of gastric contents in respiratory tract, part unspecified causing other injury. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. The ICD-10-CM code T17.918 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like airway contains vomitus, aspirated gastric contents in lower respiratory tract, gastric aspirate containing digested food, gastric aspirate containing food, gastric aspirate containing undigested food, gastric aspirate finding, etc

Short Description:Gastric contents in resp tract, part unsp causing oth injury
Long Description:Gastric contents in respiratory tract, part unspecified causing other injury

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

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 T17.918 are found in the index:


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

  • Airway contains vomitus
  • Aspirated gastric contents in lower respiratory tract
  • Gastric aspirate containing digested food
  • Gastric aspirate containing food
  • Gastric aspirate containing undigested food
  • Gastric aspirate finding
  • Gastric aspirate present
  • Gastrointestinal contents in upper airway
  • Inhalation of vomitus in lower respiratory tract

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 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 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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