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ICD-10-CM Code J91
Pleural effusion in conditions classified elsewhere

Non-Billable Code
Non-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-10 from 2011 - 2016

ICD Code J91 is a non-billable code. To code a diagnosis of this type, you must use one of the two child codes of J91 that describes the diagnosis 'pleural effusion in conditions classified elsewhere' in more detail.

The ICD code J91 is used to code Chylothorax

A chylothorax (or chyle leak) is a type of pleural effusion. It results from lymph formed in the digestive system called chyle accumulating in the pleural cavity due to either disruption or obstruction of the thoracic duct.

Specialty: Pulmonology
MeSH Code: D002916
ICD 9 Code: 457.8

Milky fluid removed from the chest of a patient with a chylothorax

Source: Wikipedia

Coding Notes for J91 Info for medical coders on how to properly use this ICD-10 code

Code Type-2 Excludes:
Type-2 Excludes
Type-2 Excludes means the excluded conditions are different, although they may appear similar. A patient may have both conditions, but one does not include the other. Excludes 2 means "not coded here."
Pleural effusion in heart failure - instead, use code I50.-
Pleural effusion in systemic lupus erythematosus - instead, use code M32.13

Coding Advice SNOMET-CT

  • This code may be used in the primary position when the manifestation is the primary focus of care
  • This code is not to be used in the primary position

ICD-10-CM Alphabetical Index References for 'J91 - Pleural effusion in conditions classified elsewhere'

The ICD-10-CM Alphabetical Index links the below-listed medical terms to the ICD code J91. Click on any term below to browse the alphabetical index.

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