Billable Medical Code for Unspecified Pleural Effusion

Diagnosis Code for Reimbursement Claim: ICD-9-CM 511.9

Code will be replaced by October 2015 and relabeled as ICD-10-CM 511.9.

The Short Description Is: Pleural effusion NOS.

Known As

Pleural effusion is also known as bilateral pleural effusion, chylothorax, chylous effusion, exudative pleural effusion, loculated pleural effusion, pleural effusion, and pleural effusion (fluid around lung). This applies to pleural effusion NOS, pleurisy: exudative, serofibrinous, and serous with effusion NOS.

Pleural Effusion Definition and Symptoms

Plueral effusion is when there is an abnormal amount of fluid around the lungs. Symptoms include shortness of breath, chest pain, fever, and cough.