2021 ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code A15.6

Tuberculous pleurisy

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  • A15.6 is a billable/specific ICD-10-CM code that can be used to indicate a diagnosis for reimbursement purposes.
  • The 2021 edition of ICD-10-CM A15.6 became effective on October 1, 2020.
  • This is the American ICD-10-CM version of A15.6 - other international versions of ICD-10 A15.6 may differ.
Applicable To
  • Tuberculosis of pleura Tuberculous empyema
Type 1 Excludes
Type 1 Excludes Help
A type 1 excludes note is a pure excludes. It means "not coded here". A type 1 excludes note indicates that the code excluded should never be used at the same time as A15.6. A type 1 excludes note is for used for when two conditions cannot occur together, such as a congenital form versus an acquired form of the same condition.
  • primary respiratory tuberculosis (
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code A15.7

    Primary respiratory tuberculosis

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    A15.7
    )
The following code(s) above A15.6 contain annotation back-references
Annotation Back-References
In this context, annotation back-references refer to codes that contain:
  • Applicable To annotations, or
  • Code Also annotations, or
  • Code First annotations, or
  • Excludes1 annotations, or
  • Excludes2 annotations, or
  • Includes annotations, or
  • Note annotations, or
  • Use Additional annotations
that may be applicable to A15.6:
  • A00-B99
    2021 ICD-10-CM Range A00-B99

    Certain infectious and parasitic diseases

    Includes
    • diseases generally recognized as communicable or transmissible
    Type 1 Excludes
    • certain localized infections - see body system-related chapters
    Type 2 Excludes
    • carrier or suspected carrier of infectious disease (Z22.-)
    • infectious and parasitic diseases complicating pregnancy, childbirth and the puerperium (O98.-)
    • infectious and parasitic diseases specific to the perinatal period (P35-P39)
    • influenza and other acute respiratory infections (J00-J22)
    Use Additional
    • code to identify resistance to antimicrobial drugs (Z16.-)
    Certain infectious and parasitic diseases
  • A15-A19
    2021 ICD-10-CM Range A15-A19

    Tuberculosis

    Includes
    • infections due to Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Mycobacterium bovis
    Type 1 Excludes
    • congenital tuberculosis (P37.0)
    • nonspecific reaction to test for tuberculosis without active tuberculosis (R76.1-)
    • pneumoconiosis associated with tuberculosis, any type in A15 (J65)
    • positive PPD (R76.11)
    • positive tuberculin skin test without active tuberculosis (R76.11)
    • sequelae of tuberculosis (B90.-)
    • silicotuberculosis (J65)
    Tuberculosis
Approximate Synonyms
  • Tb (tuberculosis) of lung, pleura
  • Tuberculosis (tb) of pleura
  • Tuberculosis of pleura
  • Tuberculous pleural effusion
Clinical Information
  • Tuberculosis of the serous membrane lining the thoracic cavity and surrounding the lungs.
ICD-10-CM A15.6 is grouped within Diagnostic Related Group(s) (MS-DRG v38.0):
  • 177 Respiratory infections and inflammations with mcc
  • 178 Respiratory infections and inflammations with cc
  • 179 Respiratory infections and inflammations without cc/mcc
  • 974 Hiv with major related condition with mcc
  • 975 Hiv with major related condition with cc
  • 976 Hiv with major related condition without cc/mcc

Convert A15.6 to ICD-9-CM

Code History
  • 2016 (effective 10/1/2015): New code (first year of non-draft ICD-10-CM)
  • 2017 (effective 10/1/2016): No change
  • 2018 (effective 10/1/2017): No change
  • 2019 (effective 10/1/2018): No change
  • 2020 (effective 10/1/2019): No change
  • 2021 (effective 10/1/2020): No change
Code annotations containing back-references to A15.6:
  • Type 1 Excludes: J86
    , J90
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code J86

    Pyothorax

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    Type 1 Excludes
    • abscess of lung (J85.-)
    • pyothorax due to tuberculosis (A15.6)
    Use Additional
    • code (B95-B97) to identify infectious agent.
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code J90

    Pleural effusion, not elsewhere classified

      2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Billable/Specific Code
    Applicable To
    • Encysted pleurisy
    • Pleural effusion NOS
    • Pleurisy with effusion (exudative) (serous)
    Type 1 Excludes
    • chylous (pleural) effusion (J94.0)
    • malignant pleural effusion (J91.0))
    • pleurisy NOS (R09.1)
    • tuberculous pleural effusion (A15.6)

Diagnosis Index entries containing back-references to A15.6:
  • Adhesions, adhesive (postinfective) K66.0
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code K66.0

    Peritoneal adhesions (postprocedural) (postinfection)

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    Applicable To
    • Adhesions (of) abdominal (wall)
    • Adhesions (of) diaphragm
    • Adhesions (of) intestine
    • Adhesions (of) male pelvis
    • Adhesions (of) omentum
    • Adhesions (of) stomach
    • Adhesive bands
    • Mesenteric adhesions
    Type 1 Excludes
    • female pelvic adhesions [bands] (N73.6)
    • peritoneal adhesions with intestinal obstruction (K56.5-)
    • pleura, pleuritic J94.8
      ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code J94.8

      Other specified pleural conditions

        2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Billable/Specific Code
      Applicable To
      • Hydropneumothorax
      • Hydrothorax
      • tuberculous NEC A15.6
  • Effusion
    • pleura, pleurisy, pleuritic, pleuropericardial J90
      ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code J90

      Pleural effusion, not elsewhere classified

        2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Billable/Specific Code
      Applicable To
      • Encysted pleurisy
      • Pleural effusion NOS
      • Pleurisy with effusion (exudative) (serous)
      Type 1 Excludes
      • chylous (pleural) effusion (J94.0)
      • malignant pleural effusion (J91.0))
      • pleurisy NOS (R09.1)
      • tuberculous pleural effusion (A15.6)
  • Empyema (acute) (chest) (double) (pleura) (supradiaphragmatic) (thorax) J86.9
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code J86.9

    Pyothorax without fistula

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    Applicable To
    • Abscess of pleura
    • Abscess of thorax
    • Empyema (chest) (lung) (pleura)
    • Fibrinopurulent pleurisy
    • Purulent pleurisy
    • Pyopneumothorax
    • Septic pleurisy
    • Seropurulent pleurisy
    • Suppurative pleurisy
    • tuberculous A15.6
  • Fistula (cutaneous) L98.8
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code L98.8

    Other specified disorders of the skin and subcutaneous tissue

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    • pleura, pleural, pleurocutaneous, pleuroperitoneal J86.0
      ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code J86.0

      Pyothorax with fistula

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      Applicable To
      • Bronchocutaneous fistula
      • Bronchopleural fistula
      • Hepatopleural fistula
      • Mediastinal fistula
      • Pleural fistula
      • Thoracic fistula
      • Any condition classifiable to J86.9 with fistula
      • tuberculous NEC A15.6
  • Hemothorax (bacterial) (nontuberculous) J94.2
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code J94.2

    Hemothorax

      2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Billable/Specific Code
    Applicable To
    • Hemopneumothorax
    • tuberculous NEC A15.6
  • Hydropneumothorax J94.8
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code J94.8

    Other specified pleural conditions

      2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Billable/Specific Code
    Applicable To
    • Hydropneumothorax
    • Hydrothorax
    • tuberculous NEC A15.6
  • Hydrothorax (double) (pleura) J94.8
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code J94.8

    Other specified pleural conditions

      2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Billable/Specific Code
    Applicable To
    • Hydropneumothorax
    • Hydrothorax
    • tuberculous NEC A15.6 (non primary)
  • Pleurisy (acute) (adhesive) (chronic) (costal) (diaphragmatic) (double) (dry) (fibrinous) (fibrous) (interlobar) (latent) (plastic) (primary) (residual) (sicca) (sterile) (subacute) (unresolved) R09.1
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code R09.1

    Pleurisy

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    Type 1 Excludes
    • pleurisy with effusion (J90)
    • with
      • effusion J90
        ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code J90

        Pleural effusion, not elsewhere classified

          2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Billable/Specific Code
        Applicable To
        • Encysted pleurisy
        • Pleural effusion NOS
        • Pleurisy with effusion (exudative) (serous)
        Type 1 Excludes
        • chylous (pleural) effusion (J94.0)
        • malignant pleural effusion (J91.0))
        • pleurisy NOS (R09.1)
        • tuberculous pleural effusion (A15.6)
    • tuberculous (with effusion) (non primary) A15.6
  • Pyopneumothorax (infective) J86.9
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code J86.9

    Pyothorax without fistula

      2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Billable/Specific Code
    Applicable To
    • Abscess of pleura
    • Abscess of thorax
    • Empyema (chest) (lung) (pleura)
    • Fibrinopurulent pleurisy
    • Purulent pleurisy
    • Pyopneumothorax
    • Septic pleurisy
    • Seropurulent pleurisy
    • Suppurative pleurisy
    • tuberculous NEC A15.6
  • Pyothorax J86.9
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code J86.9

    Pyothorax without fistula

      2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Billable/Specific Code
    Applicable To
    • Abscess of pleura
    • Abscess of thorax
    • Empyema (chest) (lung) (pleura)
    • Fibrinopurulent pleurisy
    • Purulent pleurisy
    • Pyopneumothorax
    • Septic pleurisy
    • Seropurulent pleurisy
    • Suppurative pleurisy
    • tuberculous NEC A15.6
  • Tuberculosis, tubercular, tuberculous (calcification) (calcified) (caseous) (chromogenic acid-fast bacilli) (degeneration) (fibrocaseous) (fistula) (interstitial) (isolated circumscribed lesions) (necrosis) (parenchymatous) (ulcerative) A15.9
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code A15.9

    Respiratory tuberculosis unspecified

      2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Billable/Specific Code
    • pleura, pleural, pleurisy, pleuritis (fibrinous) (obliterative) (purulent) (simple plastic) (with effusion) A15.6
    • bronchopleural A15.6
    • empyema A15.6
    • hemothorax A15.6
    • hydropneumothorax A15.6
    • hydrothorax A15.6
    • pyopneumothorax A15.6
    • pyothorax A15.6

ICD-10-CM Codes Adjacent To A15.6
A08.31 Calicivirus enteritis
A08.32 Astrovirus enteritis
A08.39 Other viral enteritis
A08.4 Viral intestinal infection, unspecified
A08.8 Other specified intestinal infections
A09 Infectious gastroenteritis and colitis, unspecified
A15 Respiratory tuberculosis
A15.0 Tuberculosis of lung
A15.4 Tuberculosis of intrathoracic lymph nodes
A15.5 Tuberculosis of larynx, trachea and bronchus
A15.6 Tuberculous pleurisy
A15.7 Primary respiratory tuberculosis
A15.8 Other respiratory tuberculosis
A15.9 Respiratory tuberculosis unspecified
A17 Tuberculosis of nervous system
A17.0 Tuberculous meningitis
A17.1 Meningeal tuberculoma
A17.8 Other tuberculosis of nervous system
A17.81 Tuberculoma of brain and spinal cord
A17.82 Tuberculous meningoencephalitis
A17.83 Tuberculous neuritis

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