Specific code 2010 ICD-9-CM Diagnosis Code 518.81
Acute respiratory failure
  • Short description: Acute respiratry failure.
  • ICD-9-CM 518.81 is a billable medical code that can be used to indicate a diagnosis on a reimbursement claim, however, 518.81 should only be used for claims with a date of service on or before September 30, 2015. For claims with a date of service on or after October 1, 2015, use an equivalent ICD-10-CM code (or codes).
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Convert to ICD-10-CM: 518.81 converts approximately to:
  • 2015/16 ICD-10-CM J96.00 Acute respiratory failure, unspecified whether with hypoxia or hypercapnia
  • 2015/16 ICD-10-CM J96.90 Respiratory failure, unspecified, unspecified whether with hypoxia or hypercapnia
Approximate Synonyms
  • Acute hypercapnic respiratory failure
  • Acute hypercapnic respiratory failure due to obstructive sleep apnea
  • Acute hypercarbic respiratory failure secondary to obstuctive sleep apnea
  • Acute hypoxemic respiratory failure
  • Acute respiratory failure from obstuctive sleep apnea
  • Alveolar hypoventilation
  • Hypercapnic respiratory failure
  • Hypoxemic respiratory failure
  • Postprocedural respiratory failure
  • Respiratory failure
518.81 Excludes
  • acute and chronic respiratory failure (518.84)
  • acute respiratory distress (518.82)
  • chronic respiratory failure (518.83)
  • respiratory arrest (799.1)
  • respiratory failure, newborn (770.84)
Applies To
  • Respiratory failure NOS
ICD-9-CM Volume 2 Index entries containing back-references to 518.81:
  • Failure, failed
  • Respiration
  • Respiratory - see also condition
    • failure 518.81
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