Billable Medical Code for Other Emphysema
Diagnosis Code for Reimbursement Claim: ICD-9-CM 492.8
Code will be replaced by October 2015 and relabeled as ICD-10-CM 492.8.
The Short Description Is: Emphysema NEC.
Emphysema is also known as acute vesicular emphysema, atrophic emphysema, centriacinar emphysema, centrilobular emphysema, emphysema, gas bubble disease, hemolytic anemia with emphysema AND cutis laxa, obstructive emphysema, panacinar emphysema, panlobular emphysema, paraseptal emphysema, pulmonary emphysema, pulmonary emphysema in alpha-1 PI deficiency, scar emphysema, toxic emphysema, and unilateral emphysema. This excludes emphysema: with chronic bronchitis (491.20-491.22), compensatory (518.2), due to fumes and vapors (506.4), interstitial (518.1), newborn (770.2), mediastinal (518.1), surgical (subcutaneous) (998.81), and traumatic (958.7). This applies to emphysema (lung or pulmonary): NOS, centriacinar, centrilobular, obstructive, panacinar, panlobular, unilateral, vesicular, Macleod’s syndrome, swyer-james syndrome, and unilateral hyperlucent lung.
Emphysema Definition and Symptoms
Emphysema is a disease that slowly damages the air sacs in the lung (alveoli), making it progressively harder to breath. Some of the leading causes of emphysema are tobacco smoke, air pollution, dangerous fumes, and marijuana smoke. The only symptom of emphysema is shortness of breath that slowly gets worse.