Specific code 2013 ICD-9-CM Diagnosis Code 556.5
Left-sided ulcerative (chronic) colitis
  • Short description: Lftsded ulcertve colitis.
  • ICD-9-CM 556.5 is a billable medical code that can be used to indicate a diagnosis on a reimbursement claim, however, 556.5 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).
  • You are viewing the 2013 version of ICD-9-CM 556.5.
  • More recent version(s) of ICD-9-CM 556.5: 2014 2015.
Convert to ICD-10-CM: 556.5 converts approximately to:
  • 2015/16 ICD-10-CM K51.50 Left sided colitis without complications
Approximate Synonyms
  • Chronic left-sided ulcerative colitis
  • Left sided colitis w abscess
  • Left sided colitis w fistula
  • Left sided colitis w intestinal obstruction
  • Left sided colitis w rectal bleeding
  • Left sided colitis with abscess
  • Left sided colitis with fistula
  • Left sided colitis with intestinal obstruction
  • Left sided colitis with rectal bleeding
  • Ulcerative colitis, left sided, chronic
ICD-9-CM Volume 2 Index entries containing back-references to 556.5:
  • Colitis (acute) (catarrhal) (croupous) (cystica superficialis) (exudative) (hemorrhagic) (noninfectious) (phlegmonous) (presumed noninfectious) 558.9
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