Diagnose Acute Renal Failure with ICD-10

January 21, 2017

Kidney is an important part of our body. The kidneys are two bean-shaped organs that extract waste from blood, balance body fluids, producing urine and other important functions. When the kidney loses its main ability to eliminate excess salts, fluids and waste materials from your blood, it means that acute kidney failure happens. Acute kidney failure is also called acute renal failure. Acute renal failure is danger and can be life-threatening. It also requires intensive treatment.

The International Classification of Disease, ICD-10 code for acute renal failure is N17.9. It is in the classification of diseases of the genitourinary system (N00-N99), acute kidney failure and chronic kidney disease (N17-N19) and goes on acute kidney failure (N17).

It is normal if you are afraid of this disease but I hope you can make the feeling become a warning. You extremely need to know the causes of acute renal failure as follows:

  • Severe of sudden dehydration
  • Toxic kidney injury from poisons or certain medications
  • Acute tubular necrosis (ATN)
  • Autoimmune kidney diseases
  • Urinary tract obstruction
  • Reduce blood flow that caused by low blood pressure, burns, dehydration, hemorrhage, injury, septic shock, serious illness or surgery.
  • Clotting within kidney’s blood vessels caused by certain disorders such as hemolytic uremic syndrome, malignant hypertension, transfusion reaction, scleroderma, and idiopathic thrombocytopenic thrombotic purpura (ITTP)
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The other important thing to know is the symptoms of acute kidney failure because if we know the symptoms earlier, the treatment will be easier. Those symptoms are breath odor, seizures, blood stools, sluggish movements, pain between ribs and hips, generalized swelling or fluid retention, vomiting fatigue, hand tremor, , bruising easily, changes in mental status or mood, decreased appetite, nausea, high blood pressure and several others symptoms.

The treatment to restore normal kidney function that you need will depend on the cause of your acute kidney failure. Someone who is specialist in this case called “nephrologist”. They mostly restrict your diet and the amount of liquids you eat and drink. Your need to prevent any infection by prescribe antibiotics from your doctor. In addition, you may need dialysis, but it is not always necessary. Dialysis is a healing that can save your life if your potassium levels are high. ICD-10 code for acute renal failure mentioned that if your kidneys fail, you need treatment such as dialysis or a kidney transplant.

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