Specific code 2015 ICD-9-CM Diagnosis Code 578.9
Hemorrhage of gastrointestinal tract, unspecified
  • 2015
  • Billable Thru Sept 30/2015
  • Non-Billable On/After Oct 1/2015

  • ICD-9-CM 578.9 is a billable medical code that can be used to indicate a diagnosis on a reimbursement claim, however, 578.9 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).
Convert to ICD-10-CM: 578.9 converts directly to:
  • 2015/16 ICD-10-CM K92.2 Gastrointestinal hemorrhage, unspecified
Approximate Synonyms
  • Bleeding gastric varices
  • Gastric varices bleeding
  • 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
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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