Non-specific code 2014 ICD-9-CM Diagnosis Code 789.5
Ascites
  • Non-Billable Code
  • There are 2 ICD-9-CM codes below 789.5 that define this diagnosis in greater detail. Do not use this code on a reimbursement claim.
Clinical Information
  • (ah-sye-teez) abnormal buildup of fluid in the abdomen.
  • A disorder characterized by accumulation of serous or hemorrhagic fluid in the peritoneal cavity.
  • Abnormal buildup of fluid in the abdomen that may cause swelling. In late-stage cancer, tumor cells may be found in the fluid in the abdomen. Ascites also occurs in patients with liver disease.
  • Accumulation of fluid in the peritoneal cavity. The fluid may be serous, hemorrhagic, or the result of tumor metastasis to the peritoneum.
  • Accumulation or retention of free fluid within the peritoneal cavity.
  • An abnormal accumulation of serous fluid in the abdominal cavity
  • Effusion and accumulation of serous fluid in the abdominal cavity.
Applies To
  • Fluid in peritoneal cavity
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