ICD-10-CM Code R18.8
Billable CodeBillable codes are sufficient justification for admission to an acute care hospital when used a principal diagnosis.
R18.8 is a billable ICD code used to specify a diagnosis of other ascites. A 'billable code' is detailed enough to be used to specify a medical diagnosis.
The ICD code R18 is used to code Ascites
Ascites (/əˈsaɪtiːz/ ə-SY-teez, from Greek askites, "baglike") is a gastroenterological term for an accumulation of fluid in the peritoneal cavity. The medical condition is also known as peritoneal cavity fluid, peritoneal fluid excess, hydroperitoneum or more archaically as abdominal dropsy. Although most commonly due to cirrhosis, severe liver disease or metastatic cancer, its presence can be a sign of other significant medical problems, such as Budd–Chiari syndrome. Diagnosis of the cause is usually with blood tests, an ultrasound scan of the abdomen, and direct removal of the fluid by needle or paracentesis (which may also be therapeutic). Treatment may be with medication (diuretics), paracentesis, or other treatments directed at the cause.
|ICD 9 Code:||789.5|
The abdomen of a person with cirrhosis showing massive ascites and prominent superficial veins
Coding Notes for R18.8 Info for medical coders on how to properly use this ICD-10 code
Inclusion TermsInclusion 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.
- Ascites NOS
- Peritoneal effusion (chronic)
- DRG Group #947-948 - Signs and symptoms with MCC.
- DRG Group #947-948 - Signs and symptoms without MCC.
ICD-10-CM Alphabetical Index References for 'R18.8 - Other ascites'
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Equivalent ICD-9 Codes GENERAL EQUIVALENCE MAPPINGS (GEM)
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 789.59 was previously used, R18.8 is the appropriate modern ICD10 code.
Parent Code: R18 - Ascites