Specific code icon 2017 ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code R18.8

Other ascites

    2016 2017 Billable/Specific Code

  • R18.8 is a billable/specific ICD-10-CM code that can be used to indicate a diagnosis for reimbursement purposes.
  • This is the American ICD-10-CM version of R18.8. Other international versions of ICD-10 R18.8 may differ.
  • Reimbursement claims with a date of service on or after October 1, 2015 require the use of ICD-10-CM codes.

Clinical Information
  • A disorder characterized by accumulation of serous or hemorrhagic fluid in the peritoneal cavity.
  • Abnormal buildup of fluid in the abdomen that may cause swelling. In late-stage cancer, tumor cells may be found in the fluid in the abdomen. Ascites also occurs in patients with liver disease.
  • Accumulation of fluid in the peritoneal cavity. The fluid may be serous, hemorrhagic, or the result of tumor metastasis to the peritoneum.
  • Accumulation or retention of free fluid within the peritoneal cavity.
  • An abnormal accumulation of serous fluid in the abdominal cavity
  • Effusion and accumulation of serous fluid in the abdominal cavity.
Applicable To
  • Ascites NOS
  • Peritoneal effusion (chronic)
Approximate Synonyms
  • Ascites
  • Ascites (abnormal fluid in the abdomen)
ICD-10-CM R18.8 is grouped within Diagnostic Related Group(s) (MS-DRG v34.0):
  • 947 Signs and symptoms with mcc
  • 948 Signs and symptoms without mcc

Convert ICD-10-CM R18.8 to ICD-9-CM

The following ICD-10-CM Index entries contain back-references to ICD-10-CM R18.8: