Billable Medical Code for Hemorrhage of Gastrointestinal Tract, Unspecified
Diagnosis Code for Reimbursement Claim: ICD-9-CM 578.9
Code will be replaced by October 2015 and relabeled as ICD-10-CM 578.9.
The Short Description Is: Gastrointest hemorr NOS.
Upper GI bleed is also known as bleeding gastric varices, gastric varices bleeding, gastrointestinal hemorrhage, GI hemorrhage, lower gastrointestinal hemorrhage, lower GI hemorrhage, upper gastrointestinal hemorrhage, and upper GI hemorrhage. This applies to gastric hemorrhage and intestinal hemorrhage.
Upper GI Bleed Definition and Symptoms
Upper GI bleed is bleeding in the upper gastrointestinal tract and is commonly defined as blood rising from the stomach, esophagus or duodenum. Symptoms include blood in vomit or stool, melena, abdominal pain, weight loss, dyspepsia, and jaundice.