History of Appendectomy ICD-10-CM Codes

Read this short guide and learn about history of appendectomy ICD codes you can use. Learn about billing and clinical information.

By Wynona Jugueta on Jun 16, 2024.

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History of Appendectomy ICD-10-CM Codes

What ICD-10 Codes are Used for History Of Appendectomy 

There is only one history of appendectomy ICD code you can use for medical billing and coding. This ICD code is Z90.49 - Acquired absence of other specified parts of digestive tract.

This code is intended for patients with a confirmed acquired absence of a specific part or parts of their digestive tracts. Since the appendix is situated at the junction of the small intestine and large intestine, this ICD-10 code can be used if it has been previously removed by appendectomy.

It's important to note that this ICD-10 code is not appropriate as a primary diagnosis, as its purpose is to indicate the acquired absence of a digestive tract part rather than diagnosing a medical condition or issue.

Is this history of appendectomy ICD code billable?

Yes. This history of appendectomy-related ICD-10 code is valid and billable.

Clinical information

  • An appendectomy is the surgical procedure of removing a person’s appendix, a part of the digestive tract. 
  • It is the best method of dealing with an inflamed appendix, referred to as appendicitis. 
  • People with inflamed appendix will feel pain in their lower right abdomen. 
  • If left untreated, it’ll cause more pain and even death. 
  • This pain can be aggravated by simply walking, coughing, or other movements. 
  • This is surprising because no one knows what the appendix's function is, and yet, an inflammation of it can cause so much trouble and lead to death.

Synonyms include:

  • History of appendectomy
  • History of laparoscopic appendectomy
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Commonly asked questions

Is this really the only ICD-10 code that can be used for having a history of appendectomy?

Currently, there is only one ICD-10 code for history of appendectomy.

What complications can result from appendicitis?

The appendix can become ruptured and result in the spread of infection. This may lead to peritonitis and death. Abscesses can also form because of appendicitis.

Is there another way to treat appendicitis?

Healthcare professionals can administer antibiotics if there is an infection (especially if there are abscesses), but removing the appendix is always the go-to choice.

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