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ICD-10-CM Code K38.1
Appendicular concretions

Billable Code
Billable codes are sufficient justification for admission to an acute care hospital when used a principal diagnosis.
| ICD-10 from 2011 - 2016

K38.1 is a billable ICD code used to specify a diagnosis of appendicular concretions. A 'billable code' is detailed enough to be used to specify a medical diagnosis.

The ICD code K381 is used to code Fecaloma

A fecaloma (pronounced /fiːkəˈloʊmə/, "FEE-kə-LOH-mə"), also called fecalith, fecolith and coprolith, i.e., a "stone" made of feces, is a hardening of feces into lumps of varying size inside the colon, which may appear whenever chronic obstruction of transit occurs, such as in megacolon and chronic constipation. Some diseases, such as Chagas disease, Hirschsprung's disease and others damage the autonomic nervous system in the colon's mucosa (Auerbach's plexus) and may cause extremely large or "giant" fecalomas, which must be surgically removed (disimpaction). Rarely, a fecalith will form around a hairball (Trichobezoar), or other hygroscopic or desiccant nucleus. Distal or sigmoid, fecalomas can often be disimpacted digitally or by a catheter which carries a flow of disimpaction fluid (water or other solvent or lubricant).

Specialty: Gastroenterology
ICD 9 Code: 560.39

A fecalith marked by the arrow which has resulted in acute appendicitis.

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Coding Notes for K38.1 Info for medical coders on how to properly use this ICD-10 code

Inclusion Terms:
Inclusion Terms
Inclusion Terms are a list of concepts for which a specific code is used. The list of Inclusion Terms is useful for determining the correct code in some cases, but the list is not necessarily exhaustive.
Fecalith of appendix
Stercolith of appendix

MS-DRG Mapping

  • DRG Group #393-395 - Other digestive system diagnoses with MCC.
  • DRG Group #393-395 - Other digestive system diagnoses with CC.
  • DRG Group #393-395 - Other digestive system diagnoses without CC or MCC.

ICD-10-CM Alphabetical Index References for 'K38.1 - Appendicular concretions'

The ICD-10-CM Alphabetical Index links the below-listed medical terms to the ICD code K38.1. Click on any term below to browse the alphabetical index.


Other and unspecified diseases of appendix (approximate match)

This is the official approximate match mapping between ICD9 and ICD10, as provided by the General Equivalency mapping crosswalk. This means that while there is no exact mapping between this ICD10 code K38.1 and a single ICD9 code, 543.9 is an approximate match for comparison and conversion purposes.

Parent Code: K38 - Other diseases of appendix

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Source: http://icd.codes/icd10cm/K381