ICD-10 Diagnosis Code T17.910

Gastric contents in resp tract, part unsp causing asphyx

Diagnosis Code T17.910

ICD-10: T17.910
Short Description: Gastric contents in resp tract, part unsp causing asphyx
Long Description: Gastric contents in respiratory tract, part unspecified causing asphyxiation
This is the 2018 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code T17.910

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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)

Information for Medical Professionals

  • Asphyxia by inhalation of food
  • Asphyxia by regurgitated food in air passages
  • Suffocation by regurgitated food

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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