Hepatic failure, not elsewhere classified (K72)

Browse all the diagnosis codes used for hepatic failure, not elsewhere classified (k72). For easy navigation, the diagnosis codes are sorted in alphabetical order and grouped by sections. Each section is clearly marked with its description, and the corresponding three-digit code range. This format makes it simple to browse diagnosis codes in this chapter or section and find what you're looking for. We've also added green checkmark icons to label billable codes, and red warning icons for non-billable ones. This makes it easy to identify which codes can be billed.

Clinical Information

End Stage Liver Disease - Final stage of a liver disease when the liver failure is irreversible and LIVER TRANSPLANTATION is needed.

Liver Transplantation - The transference of a part of or an entire liver from one human or animal to another.

Instructional Notations


This note appears immediately under a three character code title to further define, or give examples of, the content of the category.

  • fulminant hepatitis NEC, with hepatic failure
  • liver (cell) necrosis with hepatic failure
  • malignant hepatitis NEC, with hepatic failure
  • yellow liver atrophy or dystrophy

Type 1 Excludes

A type 1 excludes note is a pure excludes note. It means "NOT CODED HERE!" An Excludes1 note indicates that the code excluded should never be used at the same time as the code above the Excludes1 note. An Excludes1 is used when two conditions cannot occur together, such as a congenital form versus an acquired form of the same condition.

  • alcoholic hepatic failure K70.4
  • hepatic failure with toxic liver disease K71.1
  • icterus of newborn P55 P59
  • postprocedural hepatic failure K91.82

Type 2 Excludes

A type 2 excludes note represents "Not included here". An excludes2 note indicates that the condition excluded is not part of the condition represented by the code, but a patient may have both conditions at the same time. When an Excludes2 note appears under a code, it is acceptable to use both the code and the excluded code together, when appropriate.

  • hepatic failure complicating abortion or ectopic or molar pregnancy O00 O07 O08.8
  • hepatic failure complicating pregnancy, childbirth and the puerperium O26.6
  • viral hepatitis with hepatic coma B15 B19