2019 ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code K44

Diaphragmatic hernia

    2016 2017 2018 2019 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
  • K44 should not be used for reimbursement purposes as there are multiple codes below it that contain a greater level of detail.
  • The 2019 edition of ICD-10-CM K44 became effective on October 1, 2018.
  • This is the American ICD-10-CM version of K44 - other international versions of ICD-10 K44 may differ.
Type 1 Excludes
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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 K44. 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.
  • congenital diaphragmatic hernia (
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code Q79.0

    Congenital diaphragmatic hernia

      2016 2017 2018 2019 Billable/Specific Code POA Exempt
    Type 1 Excludes
    • congenital hiatus hernia (Q40.1)
    Q79.0
    )
  • congenital hiatus hernia (
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code Q40.1

    Congenital hiatus hernia

      2016 2017 2018 2019 Billable/Specific Code POA Exempt
    Applicable To
    • Congenital displacement of cardia through esophageal hiatus
    Type 1 Excludes
    • congenital diaphragmatic hernia (Q79.0)
    Q40.1
    )
Includes
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"Includes" further defines, or give examples of, the content of the code or category.
  • hiatus hernia (esophageal) (sliding)
  • paraesophageal hernia
The following code(s) above K44 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 K44:
  • K00-K95
    2019 ICD-10-CM Range K00-K95

    Diseases of the digestive system

    Type 2 Excludes
    • certain conditions originating in the perinatal period (P04-P96)
    • certain infectious and parasitic diseases (A00-B99)
    • complications of pregnancy, childbirth and the puerperium (O00-O9A)
    • congenital malformations, deformations and chromosomal abnormalities (Q00-Q99)
    • endocrine, nutritional and metabolic diseases (E00-E88)
    • injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes (S00-T88)
    • neoplasms (C00-D49)
    • symptoms, signs and abnormal clinical and laboratory findings, not elsewhere classified (R00-R94)
    Diseases of the digestive system
  • K40-K46
    2019 ICD-10-CM Range K40-K46

    Hernia

    Includes
    • acquired hernia
    • congenital [except diaphragmatic or hiatus] hernia
    • recurrent hernia
    Note
    • Hernia with both gangrene and obstruction is classified to hernia with gangrene.
    Hernia
Clinical Information
  • A congenital or acquired weakness or opening in the diaphragm which allows abdominal contents to protrude into the chest cavity; congenital diaphragmatic hernias are caused when the embryonic diaphragm fails to fuse.
  • A hiatal hernia in which the stomach herniation is located alongside the esophagus and the esophagogastric junction is in its normal position below the diaphragm.
  • Protrusion of abdominal structures into the thorax as a result of congenital or traumatic defects in the respiratory diaphragm.
  • The most common kind of hiatal hernia in which the esophagogastric junction slides above the diaphragm into the thorax.
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
Code annotations containing back-references to K44:
  • Type 2 Excludes: J98.6
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code J98.6

    Disorders of diaphragm

      2016 2017 2018 2019 Billable/Specific Code
    Applicable To
    • Diaphragmatitis
    • Paralysis of diaphragm
    • Relaxation of diaphragm
    Type 1 Excludes
    • congenital malformation of diaphragm NEC (Q79.1)
    • congenital diaphragmatic hernia (Q79.0)
    Type 2 Excludes
    • diaphragmatic hernia (K44.-)
ICD-10-CM Codes Adjacent To K44
K43 Ventral hernia
K43.0 Incisional hernia with obstruction, without gangrene
K43.1 Incisional hernia with gangrene
K43.2 Incisional hernia without obstruction or gangrene
K43.3 Parastomal hernia with obstruction, without gangrene
K43.4 Parastomal hernia with gangrene
K43.5 Parastomal hernia without obstruction or gangrene
K43.6 Other and unspecified ventral hernia with obstruction, without gangrene
K43.7 Other and unspecified ventral hernia with gangrene
K43.9 Ventral hernia without obstruction or gangrene
K44 Diaphragmatic hernia
K44.0 Diaphragmatic hernia with obstruction, without gangrene
K44.1 Diaphragmatic hernia with gangrene
K44.9 Diaphragmatic hernia without obstruction or gangrene
K45 Other abdominal hernia
K45.0 Other specified abdominal hernia with obstruction, without gangrene
K45.1 Other specified abdominal hernia with gangrene
K45.8 Other specified abdominal hernia without obstruction or gangrene
K46 Unspecified abdominal hernia
K46.0 Unspecified abdominal hernia with obstruction, without gangrene
K46.1 Unspecified abdominal hernia with gangrene

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