Valid for Submission
T18.9XXA is a billable diagnosis code used to specify a medical diagnosis of foreign body of alimentary tract, part unspecified, initial encounter. The code T18.9XXA 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 T18.9XXA might also be used to specify conditions or terms like antacid bezoar, bezoar, chronic trichobezoar formation, food granuloma of intestine, foreign body granuloma of intestine , foreign body in digestive tract, etc.
T18.9XXA is an initial encounter code, includes a 7th character and should be used while the patient is receiving active treatment for a condition like foreign body of alimentary tract part unspecified. 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 T18.9XXA 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:
- Antacid bezoar
- Chronic trichobezoar formation
- Food granuloma of intestine
- Foreign body granuloma of intestine
- Foreign body in digestive tract
- Foreign body in intestine
- Ingestion of foreign material
- Linear foreign body of gastrointestinal tract
- Medication bezoar
- Swallowed foreign body
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Information for Patients
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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