Valid for Submission
T17.920A is a billable diagnosis code used to specify a medical diagnosis of food in respiratory tract, part unspecified causing asphyxiation, initial encounter. The code T17.920A is valid during the fiscal year 2021 from October 01, 2020 through September 30, 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.
The ICD-10-CM code T17.920A 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.
T17.920A is an initial encounter code, includes a 7th character and should be used while the patient is receiving active treatment for a condition like food in respiratory tract part unspecified causing asphyxiation. According to ICD-10-CM Guidelines an "initial encounter" doesn't necessarily means "initial visit". The 7th character should be used when the patient is undergoing active treatment regardless if new or different providers saw the patient over the course of a treatment. The appropriate 7th character codes should also be used even if the patient delayed seeking treatment for a condition.
Unspecified diagnosis codes like T17.920A 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.
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
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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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