2021 ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code K70.1

Alcoholic hepatitis

    2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
  • K70.1 should not be used for reimbursement purposes as there are multiple codes below it that contain a greater level of detail.
  • The 2021 edition of ICD-10-CM K70.1 became effective on October 1, 2020.
  • This is the American ICD-10-CM version of K70.1 - other international versions of ICD-10 K70.1 may differ.
The following code(s) above K70.1 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 K70.1:
  • K00-K95
    2021 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
  • K70-K77
    2021 ICD-10-CM Range K70-K77

    Diseases of liver

    Type 1 Excludes
    • jaundice NOS (R17)
    Type 2 Excludes
    Diseases of liver
  • K70
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code K70

    Alcoholic liver disease

      2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
    Use Additional
    • code to identify:
    • alcohol abuse and dependence (F10.-)
    Alcoholic liver disease
Clinical Information
  • Acute or chronic degenerative and inflammatory lesion of the liver in the alcoholic which is potentially progressive though sometimes reversible; it does not necessarily include steatosis, fibrosis, or cirrhosis of the liver, although it is frequently associated with these conditions; it is characterized by liver cell necrosis, infiltration by polymorphonuclear leukocytes and lymphocytes, and mallory bodies.
  • Inflammation of the liver due to alcohol abuse. It is characterized by necrosis of hepatocytes, infiltration by neutrophils, and deposit of mallory bodies. Depending on its severity, the inflammatory lesion may be reversible or progress to liver cirrhosis.
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 K70.1:
  • Type 1 Excludes: K73
    , K77
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code K73

    Chronic hepatitis, not elsewhere classified

      2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
    Type 1 Excludes
    • alcoholic hepatitis (chronic) (K70.1-)
    • drug-induced hepatitis (chronic) (K71.-)
    • granulomatous hepatitis (chronic) NEC (K75.3)
    • reactive, nonspecific hepatitis (chronic) (K75.2)
    • viral hepatitis (chronic) (B15-B19)
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code K77

    Liver disorders in diseases classified elsewhere

      2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Billable/Specific Code Manifestation Code
    Code First
    Type 1 Excludes
    • alcoholic hepatitis (K70.1-)
    • alcoholic liver disease (K70.-)
    • cytomegaloviral hepatitis (B25.1)
    • herpesviral [herpes simplex] hepatitis (B00.81)
    • infectious mononucleosis with liver disease (B27.0-B27.9 with .9)
    • mumps hepatitis (B26.81)
    • sarcoidosis with liver disease (D86.89)
    • secondary syphilis with liver disease (A51.45)
    • syphilis (late) with liver disease (A52.74)
    • toxoplasmosis (acquired) hepatitis (B58.1)
    • tuberculosis with liver disease (A18.83)

Diagnosis Index entries containing back-references to K70.1:
  • Disease, diseased - see also Syndrome
    • liver (chronic) (organic) K76.9
      ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code K76.9

      Liver disease, unspecified

        2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Billable/Specific Code
      • inflammatory K75.9
        ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code K75.9

        Inflammatory liver disease, unspecified

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        Applicable To
        • Hepatitis NOS
        Type 1 Excludes
        • acute or subacute hepatitis (K72.0-)
        • chronic hepatitis NEC (K73.-)
        • viral hepatitis (B15-B19)
        • alcoholic K70.1

ICD-10-CM Codes Adjacent To K70.1
K66.9 Disorder of peritoneum, unspecified
K67 Disorders of peritoneum in infectious diseases classified elsewhere
K68 Disorders of retroperitoneum
K68.1 Retroperitoneal abscess
K68.11 Postprocedural retroperitoneal abscess
K68.12 Psoas muscle abscess
K68.19 Other retroperitoneal abscess
K68.9 Other disorders of retroperitoneum
K70 Alcoholic liver disease
K70.0 Alcoholic fatty liver
K70.1 Alcoholic hepatitis
K70.10 …… without ascites
K70.11 …… with ascites
K70.2 Alcoholic fibrosis and sclerosis of liver
K70.3 Alcoholic cirrhosis of liver
K70.30 …… without ascites
K70.31 …… with ascites
K70.4 Alcoholic hepatic failure
K70.40 …… without coma
K70.41 …… with coma
K70.9 Alcoholic liver disease, unspecified

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