ICD-10-CM Code I85
Non-Billable CodeNon-Billable means the code is not sufficient justification for admission to an acute care hospital when used a principal diagnosis. Use a child code to capture more detail.
ICD Code I85 is a non-billable code. To code a diagnosis of this type, you must use one of the two child codes of I85 that describes the diagnosis 'esophageal varices' in more detail.
- I85 Esophageal varices NON-BILLABLE
The ICD code I85 is used to code Varicose veins
Varicose veins are veins that have become enlarged and twisted. The term commonly refers to the veins on the leg, although varicose veins can occur elsewhere. Veins have pairs of leaflet valves to prevent blood from flowing backwards (retrograde flow or venous reflux). Leg muscles pump the veins to return blood to the heart (the skeletal-muscle pump), against the effects of gravity. When veins become varicose, the leaflets of the valves no longer meet properly, and the valves do not work (valvular incompetence). This allows blood to flow backwards and they enlarge even more. Varicose veins are most common in the superficial veins of the legs, which are subject to high pressure when standing. Besides being a cosmetic problem, varicose veins can be painful, especially when standing. Severe long-standing varicose veins can lead to leg swelling, venous eczema, skin thickening (lipodermatosclerosis) and ulceration. Life-threatening complications are uncommon, but varicose veins may be confused with deep vein thrombosis, which may be life-threatening.
|MeSH Codes:||D014648, D014648, D014648, D014648|
|ICD 9 Codes:||454, 455, 456, 671|
Leg affected by varicose veins
Coding Notes for I85 Info for medical coders on how to properly use this ICD-10 code
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