Specific code 2014 ICD-9-CM Diagnosis Code 540.9
Acute appendicitis without mention of peritonitis
  • Billable Code
  • Short description: Acute appendicitis NOS.
  • ICD-9-CM 540.9 will be replaced by an equivalent ICD-10-CM code (or codes) when the United States transitions from ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM on October 1, 2015.
  • ICD-9-CM 540.9 is a billable medical code that can be used to specify a diagnosis on a reimbursement claim.
Disease Synonyms
  • Acute appendicitis
  • Acute gangrenous appendicitis
  • Appendicitis, acute
Applies To
  • Acute:
    • appendicitis without mention of perforation, peritonitis, or rupture:
      • fulminating
      • gangrenous
      • inflamed
      • obstructive
    • cecitis without mention of perforation, peritonitis, or rupture
Convert to ICD-10-CM: 540.9 converts approximately to:
  • 2014 ICD-10-CM K35.80 Unspecified acute appendicitis
    Or:
  • 2014 ICD-10-CM K35.89 Other acute appendicitis
ICD-9-CM Volume 2 Index entries containing back-references to 540.9:
  • Appendicitis 541
    • acute (catarrhal) (fulminating) (gangrenous) (inflammatory) (obstructive) (retrocecal) (suppurative) 540.9
      • with
        • perforation, peritonitis, or rupture 540.0
          • with peritoneal abscess 540.1
        • peritoneal abscess 540.1
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