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ICD-10-CM Code K56.60
Unspecified intestinal obstruction

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

K56.60 is a billable ICD code used to specify a diagnosis of unspecified intestinal obstruction. A 'billable code' is detailed enough to be used to specify a medical diagnosis.

The ICD code K56 is used to code Bowel obstruction

Bowel obstruction or intestinal obstruction is a mechanical or functional obstruction of the intestines, preventing the normal transit of the products of digestion. It can occur at any level distal to the duodenum of the small intestine and is a medical emergency. The condition is often treated conservatively over a period of 2–5 days with the patient's progress regularly monitored by an assigned physician. Surgical procedures are performed on occasion however, in life-threatening cases, such as when the root cause is a fully lodged foreign object or malignant tumor.

Specialty: General Surgery
MeSH Code: D007415
ICD 9 Code: 560

Upright abdominal X-ray demonstrating a small bowel obstruction. Note multiple air fluid levels.

Source: Wikipedia

Coding Notes for K56.60 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.
Intestinal obstruction NOS
Code Type-1 Excludes:
Type-1 Excludes
Type-1 Excludes mean the conditions excluded are mutually exclusive and should never be coded together. Excludes 1 means "do not code here."
Intestinal obstruction due to specified condition-code to condition

MS-DRG Mapping

  • DRG Group #388-390 - G.i. obstruction with MCC.
  • DRG Group #388-390 - G.i. obstruction with CC.
  • DRG Group #388-390 - G.i. obstruction without CC or MCC.
  • DRG Group #793 - Full term neonate with major problems.

Related Concepts SNOMET-CT

  • Acute gastrojejunal ulcer without hemorrhage AND without perforation but with obstruction (disorder)
  • Chronic gastrojejunal ulcer with perforation AND with obstruction (disorder)
  • Chronic peptic ulcer with hemorrhage, with perforation AND with obstruction (disorder)
  • Acute gastric ulcer with perforation AND obstruction (disorder)
  • Acute peptic ulcer without hemorrhage AND without perforation but with obstruction (disorder)
  • Chronic peptic ulcer with hemorrhage AND obstruction (disorder)
  • Hiatal hernia with gangrene AND obstruction (disorder)
  • Acute gastrojejunal ulcer with obstruction (disorder)

Coding Advice SNOMET-CT

  • Consider additional code to identify specific condition or disease

ICD-10-CM Alphabetical Index References for 'K56.60 - Unspecified intestinal obstruction'

The ICD-10-CM Alphabetical Index links the below-listed medical terms to the ICD code K56.60. Click on any term below to browse the alphabetical index.


Unspecified intestinal obstruction (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 K56.60 and a single ICD9 code, 560.9 is an approximate match for comparison and conversion purposes.

Parent Code: K56.6 - Other and unspecified intestinal obstruction

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