Common Causes and ICD 10 Code of Cirrhosis

June 29, 2017

Cirrhosis is one disease that related to liver. It occurs when scar tissue which makes the liver lumpy and hard replaces normal. A person may be diagnosed with cirrhosis after the healthy cells are damaged over many years. Cirrhosis leads to a blockage of blood flow through the liver and prevents normal metabolic.

Cirrhosis is classified in International Classification of Diseases Tenth Edition (ICD-10). ICD-10 is usually used in clinical care to define diseases. It contains diagnosis codes and allows the counting of deaths as well as diseases, injuries, symptoms and else. ICD-10 cirrhosis diagnosis code is K74.60. This ICD-10 cirrhosis code can be found in section K70-K77.

Many diseases are treating by defining its cause. Without knowing the cause, the treatment may go wrong. Actually, there is no cure for cirrhosis except a liver transplant but like you read above that you can slow cirrhosis down by treating based on what is causing it.

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Causes of Cirrhosis

  • Chronic Alcoholism

No one can be healthy if he or she consumes so much alcohol. Your liver breaks down the toxins like alcohol, but consuming too much alcohol can scar and damage your liver’s cells. If you are drinking more than 14 units of alcohol a week, you may be defined as a heavy drinker and you are at a highest risk of cirrhosis. Heavy drinker women are more susceptible to liver damage than men. It is because of women’s different size and build.

  • Hepatitis

This kind of disease is usually known by most of people. Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver that can damage the liver and resulting cirrhosis if it left untreated. Hepatitis is defined into some kinds. Hepatitis C is the most common form of hepatitis in the UK but the hepatitis B and D can also cause cirrhosis. In hepatitis C, the virus may be transmitted through blood-to-blood contact. This is usually happening by sharing needles used to inject drugs.

  • Non-alcoholic Steatohepatitis
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Non-alcoholic Steatohepatitis or NASH in short is referred to a severe liver condition that can lead you to cirrhosis. Nash usually occurs in obese people or people with diabetes or hypertension. NASH is not felt by the patients until cirrhosis occurs and the liver function is affected.

There are also a number of others causes of cirrhosis such as autoimmune liver disease, some rare genetic conditions, and budd-chiari syndrome which caused by blood clots blocking the veins. Make sure that you treat your cirrhosis well based on the cause.

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