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ICD-10-CM Code K92.1

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

K92.1 is a billable ICD code used to specify a diagnosis of melena. A 'billable code' is detailed enough to be used to specify a medical diagnosis.

The ICD code K921 is used to code Melena

In medicine, melena or melæna refers to the black "tarry" feces that are associated with upper gastrointestinal bleeding. The black color is caused by the hemoglobin in the blood being altered by digestive chemicals and intestinal bacteria.

Specialty: General Surgery, Gastroenterology
ICD 9 Code: 578.1
Source: Wikipedia

Coding Notes for K92.1 Info for medical coders on how to properly use this ICD-10 code

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."
Occult blood in feces - instead, use code R19.5

MS-DRG Mapping

  • DRG Group #377-379 - G.i. hemorrhage with MCC.
  • DRG Group #377-379 - G.i. hemorrhage with CC.
  • DRG Group #377-379 - G.i. hemorrhage without CC or MCC.
  • DRG Group #793 - Full term neonate with major problems.

Related Concepts SNOMET-CT

  • Complaining of melena (finding)
  • Melena due to gastrointestinal hemorrhage (disorder)

ICD-10-CM Alphabetical Index References for 'K92.1 - Melena'

The ICD-10-CM Alphabetical Index links the below-listed medical terms to the ICD code K92.1. Click on any term below to browse the alphabetical index.

Melena (K92.1)
Hematochezia (K92.1) (see: Melena)


Blood in stool (exact match)

This is the official exact match mapping between ICD9 and ICD10, as provided by the General Equivalency mapping crosswalk. This means that in all cases where the ICD9 code 578.1 was previously used, K92.1 is the appropriate modern ICD10 code.

Parent Code: K92 - Other diseases of digestive system

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Source: http://icd.codes/icd10cm/K921