ICD-10 Code T17.990

Other foreign object in respiratory tract, part unspecified in causing asphyxiation

Version 2019 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

T17.990 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of other foreign object in respiratory tract, part unspecified in causing asphyxiation. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10: T17.990
Short Description:Oth foreign object in resp tract, part unsp in cause asphyx
Long Description:Other foreign object in respiratory tract, part unspecified in causing asphyxiation

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

  • T17.990A - Other foreign object in respiratory tract, part unspecified in causing asphyxiation, initial encounter
  • T17.990D - Other foreign object in respiratory tract, part unspecified in causing asphyxiation, subsequent encounter
  • T17.990S - Other foreign object in respiratory tract, part unspecified in 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:

  • Obstruction of airway by blood
  • Partial obstruction of airway by blood

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 T17.990 are found in the index:


Information for Patients


Choking

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.


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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.