Specific code 2014 ICD-9-CM Diagnosis Code 578.9
Hemorrhage of gastrointestinal tract, unspecified
  • Billable Code
  • Short description: Gastrointest hemorr NOS.
  • ICD-9-CM 578.9 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 578.9 is a billable medical code that can be used to specify a diagnosis on a reimbursement claim.
Disease Synonyms
  • Bleeding gastric varices
  • Gastric varices bleeding
  • Gastrointestinal hemorrhage
  • GI hemorrhage
  • Lower gastrointestinal hemorrhage
  • Lower GI hemorrhage
  • Upper gastrointestinal hemorrhage
  • Upper GI hemorrhage
Clinical Information
  • Bleeding in any segment of the gastrointestinal tract from esophagus to rectum.
  • Bleeding originating from any part of the gastrointestinal system.
  • Escape of blood from the vessels, or bleeding, in the gastrointestinal tract.
  • Your digestive or gastrointestinal (gi) tract includes the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine or colon, rectum and anus. Bleeding can come from one or more of these areas. The amount of bleeding can be so small that only a lab test can find it. Gi bleeding is not a disease, but a symptom of a disease. There are many possible causes of gi bleeding, including
    • hemorrhoids
    • peptic ulcers
    • tears or inflammation in the esophagus
    • diverticulosis and diverticulitis
    • ulcerative colitis and crohn's disease
    • colonic polyps
    • cancer in the colon, stomach or esophagus
    the test used most often to look for the cause of gi bleeding is called endoscopy. It uses a flexible instrument inserted through the mouth or rectum to view the inside of the gi tract. A type of endoscopy called colonoscopy looks at the large intestine. nih: national institute of diabetes and digestive and kidney diseases
Applies To
  • Gastric hemorrhage
  • Intestinal hemorrhage
Convert to ICD-10-CM: 578.9 converts directly to:
  • 2014 ICD-10-CM K92.2 Gastrointestinal hemorrhage, unspecified
ICD-9-CM Volume 2 Index entries containing back-references to 578.9:
  • Bleeding (see also Hemorrhage) 459.0
    • gastrointestinal 578.9
  • Enterorrhagia 578.9
  • Hemorrhage, hemorrhagic (nontraumatic) 459.0
    • cecum 578.9
    • gastric (see also Hemorrhage, stomach) 578.9
    • gastroenteric 578.9
    • gastrointestinal (tract) 578.9
    • stomach 578.9
      • newborn 772.4
      • ulcer - see Ulcer, stomach, with hemorrhage
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