|ICD-10 Code for Disease of appendix, unspecified K38.9|
K38.9 is a valid1 ICD 10 diagnosis code.
K38.9 is valid for submission for HIPAA-covered transactions.
|Chapter 11||Diseases of the digestive system (K00-K95)|
|Section K35-K38||Diseases of appendix (K35-K38)|
|Category K38||Other diseases of appendix|
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