ICD-10-CM Code J86
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 J86 is a non-billable code. To code a diagnosis of this type, you must use one of the two child codes of J86 that describes the diagnosis 'pyothorax' in more detail.
The ICD code J86 is used to code Pleural empyema
Pleural empyema, also known as pyothorax or purulent pleuritis, is empyema (an accumulation of pus) in the pleural cavity that can develop when bacteria invade the pleural space, usually in the context of a pneumonia. It is one of various kinds of pleural effusion. There are three stages: exudative, when there is an increase in pleural fluid with or without the presence of pus; fibrinopurulent, when fibrous septa form localized pus pockets; and the final organizing stage, when there is scarring of the pleura membranes with possible inability of the lung to expand. Simple pleural effusions occur in up to 40% of bacterial pneumonias. They are usually small and resolve with appropriate antibiotic therapy. If however an empyema develops additional intervention is required.
|ICD 9 Code:||510|
CT chest showing large right sided hydro-pneumothorax from pleural empyema. Arrows A: air, B: fluid
Coding Notes for J86 Info for medical coders on how to properly use this ICD-10 code
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- Code See Section B95-B97 to identify infectious agent.
ICD-10-CM Alphabetical Index References for 'J86 - Pyothorax'
The ICD-10-CM Alphabetical Index links the below-listed medical terms to the ICD code J86. Click on any term below to browse the alphabetical index.