ICD-10-CM Code T70.3

Caisson disease [decompression sickness]

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

T70.3 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of caisson disease [decompression sickness]. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:T70.3
Short Description:Caisson disease [decompression sickness]
Long Description:Caisson disease [decompression sickness]

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

Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries

The Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries is a list of ICD-10 codes, organized "head to toe" into chapters and sections with guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more. The following references are applicable to the code T70.3:

Inclusion Terms

Inclusion Terms
These terms are the conditions for which that code is to be used. The terms may be synonyms of the code title, or, in the case of "other specified" codes, the terms are a list of the various conditions assigned to that code. The inclusion terms are not necessarily exhaustive. Additional terms found only in the Alphabetic Index may also be assigned to a code.
  • Compressed-air disease
  • Diver's palsy or paralysis

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 T70.3 are found in the index:


Clinical Information

  • DECOMPRESSION SICKNESS-. a condition occurring as a result of exposure to a rapid fall in ambient pressure. gases nitrogen in particular come out of solution and form bubbles in body fluid and blood. these gas bubbles accumulate in joint spaces and the peripheral circulation impairing tissue oxygenation causing disorientation severe pain and potentially death.

Code Classification

  • Injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes (S00–T98)
    • Other and unspecified effects of external causes (T66-T78)
      • Effects of air pressure and water pressure (T70)

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


Barotrauma

Barotrauma means injury to your body because of changes in barometric (air) or water pressure. One common type happens to your ear. A change in altitude may cause your ears to hurt. This can happen if you are flying in an airplane, driving in the mountains, or scuba diving. Divers can also get decompression sickness, which affects the whole body.

Common symptoms of ear barotrauma include

  • Pain
  • A feeling that your ears are stuffed
  • Hearing loss
  • Dizziness

Treatments for ear barotrauma include chewing gum and yawning to relieve the pressure. Medications such as decongestants may also help.


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