Not Valid for Submission
T17.920 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of food in respiratory tract, part unspecified causing asphyxiation. 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.
The ICD-10-CM code T17.920 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like asphyxia by bone in food, asphyxia by inhalation of food, asphyxia by nut in air passages, asphyxia by seed in food, asphyxia by sweet in air passages , asphyxia by unchewed food bolus in air passages, etc.
Unspecified diagnosis codes like T17.920 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 Food in respiratory tract, part unsp causing asphyxiation
Header codes like T17.920 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 food in respiratory tract, part unsp causing asphyxiation:
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 T17.920 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:
- Asphyxia by bone in food
- Asphyxia by inhalation of food
- Asphyxia by nut in air passages
- Asphyxia by seed in food
- Asphyxia by sweet in air passages
- Asphyxia by unchewed food bolus in air passages
- Choked on bone in food
- Choked on seed in food
- Inhalation and ingestion of food causing obstruction of respiratory tract or suffocation
- Obstruction of airway by food
- Partial obstruction of airway by food
- Suffocation by bone in food
- Suffocation by seed in food
Information for Patients
Food or small objects can cause choking if they get caught in your throat and block your airway. This keeps oxygen from getting to your lungs and brain. If your brain goes without oxygen for more than four minutes, you could have brain damage or die.
Young children are at an especially high risk of choking. They can choke on foods like hot dogs, nuts and grapes, and on small objects like toy pieces and coins. Keep hazards out of their reach and supervise them when they eat.
When someone is choking, quick action can be lifesaving. Learn how to do back blows, the Heimlich maneuver (abdominal thrusts), and CPR.
- Blockage of upper airway (Medical Encyclopedia)
- Choking - unconscious adult or child over 1 year (Medical Encyclopedia)
- Foreign object - inhaled or swallowed (Medical Encyclopedia)
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