Billable Medical Code for Acute Cholecystitis
Diagnosis Code for Reimbursement Claim: ICD-9-CM 575.0
Code will be replaced by October 2015 and relabeled as ICD-10-CM 575.0.
Acute cholecystitis is also known as abscess pericholecystic, acute cholecystitis (inflamed gallbladder), acute gangrenous cholecystitis, acute gangrenous cholecystitis (inflamed gallbladder), acute suppurative cholecystitis, acute suppurative cholecystitis (inflamed gallbladder), cholecystitis (inflamed gallbladder) acute, cholecystitis acute, and pericholecystic abscess. This excludes that with: acute and chronic cholecystitis (575.12), choledochoolithiasis (574.3), and cholelithiasis (574.0). This applies to abscess of gallbladder without mention of calculus, gangrenous, and suppurative.
Acute Cholecystitis Definition and Symptoms
Acute cholecystitis is when bile is trapped in the gallbladder and causes severe inflammation. This occurs when a gallstone blocks the tube that bile uses to travel out of the gallblader. Symptoms include vomiting, abdominal bloating, fever, nausea, jaundice, and body chills.