What does the ICD-9 code for a small bowel obstruction mean?


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The ICD-9 code for small bowel obstruction is used to classify a treated medical condition for reference and billing in hospitals in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is based on the ninth revision of the World Health Organization's International Classification of Diseases.

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Intestinal obstructions, including those of the small bowel known as enteric conditions, are listed under codes beginning with 560 in the ICD-9, according to ICD9Data.com. The specific designation of conditions in the 560 series is intestinal obstruction without mention of hernia. Specific codes in the series are used in reference to intussusception, paralytic ileus, volvulus and impaction of intestine.

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