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ICD-10-CM Code P38
Omphalitis of newborn

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 P38 is a non-billable code. To code a diagnosis of this type, you must use one of the two child codes of P38 that describes the diagnosis 'omphalitis of newborn' in more detail.

The ICD code P38 is used to code Omphalitis of newborn

Omphalitis of newborn is the medical term for inflammation of the umbilical cord stump in the neonatal newborn period, most commonly attributed to a bacterial infection. Typically immediately after an infant is born, the umbilical cord is cut with a small remnant (often referred to as the stump) left behind. Normally the stump separates from the skin within 3–45 days after birth. A small amount of pus-like material is commonly seen at the base of the stump and can be controlled by keeping the stump open to air to dry. Certain bacteria can grow and infect the stump during this process and as a result significant redness and swelling may develop, and in some cases the infection can then spread through the umbilical vessels to the rest of the body. While currently an uncommon anatomical location for infection in the newborn in the United States, it has caused significant morbidity and mortality both historically and in areas where health care is less readily available. In general, when this type of infection is suspected or diagnosed, antibiotic treatment is given, and in cases of serious complications surgical management may be appropriate.

ICD 9 Code: 771.4
Source: Wikipedia

Coding Notes for P38 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."
Omphalitis not of newborn - instead, use code L08.82
Tetanus omphalitis - instead, use Code A33
Umbilical hemorrhage of newborn - instead, use code P51.-

Related Concepts SNOMET-CT

  • Age at onset of clinical finding (observable entity)
  • <= 28.0 days

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