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ICD-10-CM Code K70
Alcoholic liver disease

NON-BILLABLE
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 K70 is a non-billable code. To code a diagnosis of this type, you must use one of the six child codes of K70 that describes the diagnosis 'alcoholic liver disease' in more detail.


The ICD code K70 is used to code Fatty liver

Fatty liver, also known as fatty liver disease (FLD), is a reversible condition wherein large vacuoles of triglyceride fat accumulate in liver cells via the process of steatosis (i.e., abnormal retention of lipids within a cell). Despite having multiple causes, fatty liver can be considered a single disease that occurs worldwide in those with excessive alcohol intake and the obese (with or without effects of insulin resistance). The condition is also associated with other diseases that influence fat metabolism. When this process of fat metabolism is disrupted, the fat can accumulate in the liver in excessive amounts, thus resulting in a fatty liver. It is difficult to distinguish alcoholic FLD from nonalcoholic FLD, and both show microvesicular and macrovesicular fatty changes at different stages.

Specialty: Gastroenterology
MeSH Codes: ,
ICD 9 Codes: 571.0, 571.8

Micrograph showing a fatty liver (macrovesicular steatosis), as seen in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Trichrome stain.

Source: Wikipedia

Coding Notes for K70 Info for medical coders on how to properly use this ICD-10 code

Additional Code Note:
Use Additional Code
Use Additional Code note means a second code must be used in conjunction with this code. Codes with this note are Etiology codes and must be followed by a Manifestation code or codes.
Code to identify:
Alcohol abuse and dependence See code F10.-

ICD-10-CM Alphabetical Index References for 'K70 - Alcoholic liver disease'

The ICD-10-CM Alphabetical Index links the below-listed medical terms to the ICD code K70. Click on any term below to browse the alphabetical index.


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