Specific code 2014 ICD-9-CM Diagnosis Code 998.4
Foreign body accidentally left during a procedure
  • Billable Code
  • Short description: FB left during procedure.
  • ICD-9-CM 998.4 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 998.4 is a billable medical code that can be used to specify a diagnosis on a reimbursement claim.
998.4 Excludes
  • obstruction or perforation caused by implanted device intentionally left in body (996.0-996.5)
Applies To
  • Adhesions due to foreign body accidentally left in operative wound or body cavity during a procedure
  • Obstruction due to foreign body accidentally left in operative wound or body cavity during a procedure
  • Perforation due to foreign body accidentally left in operative wound or body cavity during a procedure
Convert to ICD-10-CM: 998.4 converts approximately to:
  • 2014 ICD-10-CM T81.509A Unspecified complication of foreign body accidentally left in body following unspecified procedure, initial encounter
    Or:
  • 2014 ICD-10-CM T81.519A Adhesions due to foreign body accidentally left in body following unspecified procedure, initial encounter
    Or:
  • 2014 ICD-10-CM T81.529A Obstruction due to foreign body accidentally left in body following unspecified procedure, initial encounter
    Or:
  • 2014 ICD-10-CM T81.539A Perforation due to foreign body accidentally left in body following unspecified procedure, initial encounter
ICD-9-CM Volume 2 Index entries containing back-references to 998.4:
  • Complications
    • surgical procedures 998.9
      • accidental puncture or laceration 998.2
      • amputation stump (late) 997.60
      • anastomosis - see Complications, anastomosis
      • burst stitches or sutures (external) (see also Dehiscence) 998.32
      • cardiac 997.1
        • long-term effect following cardiac surgery 429.4
        • catheter device - see Complications, catheter device
      • cataract fragments in eye 998.82
      • cecostomy malfunction 569.62
      • colostomy malfunction 569.62
      • cystostomy malfunction 596.82
      • dehiscence (of incision) (external) (see also Dehiscence) 998.32
      • dialysis NEC (see also Complications, dialysis) 999.9
      • disruption (see also Dehiscence)
        • anastomosis (internal) - see Complications, mechanical, graft
        • internal suture (line) 998.31
        • wound (external) 998.32
      • dumping syndrome (postgastrectomy) 564.2
      • elephantiasis or lymphedema 997.99
      • emphysema (surgical) 998.81
      • enterostomy malfunction 569.62
      • esophagostomy malfunction 530.87
      • evisceration 998.32
      • fistula (persistent postoperative) 998.6
      • foreign body inadvertently left in wound (sponge) (suture) (swab) 998.4
      • from nonabsorbable surgical material (Dacron) (mesh) (permanent suture) (reinforcing) (Teflon) - see Complications due to (presence of) any device, implant, or graft classified to 996.0-996.5 NEC
      • gastrointestinal NEC 997.49
      • gastrostomy malfunction 536.42
      • hematoma 998.12
      • hemorrhage 998.11
      • ileostomy malfunction 569.62
      • internal prosthetic device NEC (see also Complications, internal device) 996.70
        • hemolytic anemia 283.19
        • infection or inflammation 996.60
        • malfunction - see Complications, mechanical
        • mechanical complication - see Complications, mechanical
        • thrombus 996.70
      • jejunostomy malfunction 569.62
      • nervous system NEC 997.00
      • obstruction, internal anastomosis - see Complications, mechanical, graft
      • other body system NEC 997.99
      • peripheral vascular NEC 997.2
      • postcardiotomy syndrome 429.4
      • postcholecystectomy syndrome 576.0
      • postcommissurotomy syndrome 429.4
      • postgastrectomy dumping syndrome 564.2
      • postmastectomy lymphedema syndrome 457.0
      • postmastoidectomy 383.30
      • postvagotomy syndrome 564.2
      • postvalvulotomy syndrome 429.4
      • reattached extremity (infection) (rejection) (see also Complications, reattached, extremity) 996.90
      • respiratory NEC 997.39
      • seroma 998.13
      • shock (endotoxic) (septic) 998.02
      • shunt, prosthetic (thrombus) - see also Complications, due to (presence of) any device, implant, or graft classified to 996.0-996.5 NEC
      • specified complication NEC 998.89
      • stitch abscess 998.59
      • transplant - see Complications, graft
      • ureterostomy malfunction 997.5
      • urethrostomy malfunction 997.5
      • urinary NEC 997.5
      • vascular
      • wound infection 998.59
  • Forceps
    • delivery NEC 669.5
      • affecting fetus or newborn 763.2
      • accidentally left during a procedure 998.4
      • anterior chamber (eye) 871.6
  • Foreign body
    • granuloma (old) 728.82
      • bone 733.99
      • in operative wound (inadvertently left) 998.4
        • due to surgical material intentionally left - see Complications, due to (presence of) any device, implant, or graft classified to 996.0-996.5 NEC
      • muscle 728.82
      • skin 709.4
      • soft tissue NEC 709.4
      • subcutaneous tissue 709.4
    • inadvertently left in operation wound (causing adhesions, obstruction, or perforation) 998.4
    • operation wound, left accidentally 998.4
  • Granuloma NEC 686.1
  • Obstruction, obstructed, obstructive
    • due to foreign body accidentally left in operation wound 998.4
  • Perforation, perforative (nontraumatic)
    • by
      • device, implant, or graft - see Complications, mechanical
      • foreign body left accidentally in operation wound 998.4
      • instrument (any) during a procedure, accidental 998.2
  • Peritonitis (acute) (adhesive) (fibrinous) (hemorrhagic) (idiopathic) (localized) (perforative) (primary) (with adhesions) (with effusion) 567.9
    • due to
      • bile 567.81
      • foreign
        • body or object accidentally left during a procedure (instrument) (sponge) (swab) 998.4
        • substance accidentally left during a procedure (chemical) (powder) (talc) 998.7
      • talc 998.7
      • urine 567.89
  • Puncture (traumatic) - see also Wound, open, by site
    • by
      • device, implant, or graft - see Complications, mechanical
      • foreign body
        • internal organs - see also Injury, internal, by site
        • by ingested object - see Foreign body
        • left accidentally in operation wound 998.4
      • instrument (any) during a procedure, accidental 998.2
  • Reaction
    • foreign
      • body NEC 728.82
        • in operative wound (inadvertently left) 998.4
          • due to surgical material intentionally left - see Complications, due to (presence of) any device, implant, or graft classified to 996.0-996.5 NEC
      • substance accidentally left during a procedure (chemical) (powder) (talc) 998.7
        • body or object (instrument) (sponge) (swab) 998.4
  • Sponge
    • inadvertently left in operation wound 998.4
  • Suture
    • inadvertently left in operation wound 998.4
  • Swab inadvertently left in operation wound 998.4
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