2020 ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code K72.9

Hepatic failure, unspecified

    2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
  • K72.9 should not be used for reimbursement purposes as there are multiple codes below it that contain a greater level of detail.
  • The 2020 edition of ICD-10-CM K72.9 became effective on October 1, 2019.
  • This is the American ICD-10-CM version of K72.9 - other international versions of ICD-10 K72.9 may differ.
The following code(s) above K72.9 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 K72.9:
  • K00-K95
    2020 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
    2020 ICD-10-CM Range K70-K77

    Diseases of liver

    Type 1 Excludes
    • jaundice NOS (R17)
    Type 2 Excludes
    Diseases of liver
  • K72
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code K72

    Hepatic failure, not elsewhere classified

      2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
    Includes
    • fulminant hepatitis NEC, with hepatic failure
    • hepatic encephalopathy NOS
    • liver (cell) necrosis with hepatic failure
    • malignant hepatitis NEC, with hepatic failure
    • yellow liver atrophy or dystrophy
    Type 1 Excludes
    • alcoholic hepatic failure (K70.4)
    • hepatic failure with toxic liver disease (K71.1-)
    • icterus of newborn (P55-P59)
    • postprocedural hepatic failure (K91.82)
    Type 2 Excludes
    • hepatic failure complicating abortion or ectopic or molar pregnancy (O00-O07, O08.8)
    • hepatic failure complicating pregnancy, childbirth and the puerperium (O26.6-)
    • viral hepatitis with hepatic coma (B15-B19)
    Hepatic failure, not elsewhere classified
Clinical Information
  • A disorder characterized by the inability of the liver to metabolize chemicals in the body. Causes include cirrhosis and drug-induced hepatotoxicity. Signs and symptoms include jaundice and encephalopathy. Laboratory test results reveal abnormal plasma levels of ammonia, bilirubin, lactic dehydrogenase, and alkaline phosphatase.
  • A disorder characterized by the inability of the liver to metabolize chemicals in the body. Laboratory test results reveal abnormal plasma levels of ammonia, bilirubin, lactic dehydrogenase, and alkaline phosphatase.
  • Severe inability of the liver to function normally, as evidenced by severe jaundice and abnormal levels of ammonia, bilirubin, alkaline phosphatase, glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase, lactic dehydrogenase, and reversal of the albumin/globulin ratio.
  • Severe inability of the liver to perform its normal metabolic functions, as evidenced by severe jaundice and abnormal serum levels of ammonia; bilirubin; alkaline phosphatase; aspartate aminotransferase; lactate dehydrogenases; and albumin/globulin ratio. (blakiston's gould medical dictionary, 4th ed)
  • The failure of the liver to detoxify chemicals in the body leading to a clinical disease
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
ICD-10-CM Codes Adjacent To K72.9
K71.7 Toxic liver disease with fibrosis and cirrhosis of liver
K71.8 Toxic liver disease with other disorders of liver
K71.9 Toxic liver disease, unspecified
K72 Hepatic failure, not elsewhere classified
K72.0 Acute and subacute hepatic failure
K72.00 …… without coma
K72.01 …… with coma
K72.1 Chronic hepatic failure
K72.10 …… without coma
K72.11 …… with coma
K72.9 Hepatic failure, unspecified
K72.90 …… without coma
K72.91 …… with coma
K73 Chronic hepatitis, not elsewhere classified
K73.0 Chronic persistent hepatitis, not elsewhere classified
K73.1 Chronic lobular hepatitis, not elsewhere classified
K73.2 Chronic active hepatitis, not elsewhere classified
K73.8 Other chronic hepatitis, not elsewhere classified
K73.9 Chronic hepatitis, unspecified
K74 Fibrosis and cirrhosis of liver
K74.0 Hepatic fibrosis

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