Fecal occult blood usually is a result of slow (often intermittent) bleeding from inside the upper or lower gastrointestinal tract. The slow bleed does not change the color of the stool or result in visible bright red blood. Therefore, the blood is found only by testing the stool for blood in the laboratory.
Larger amounts of mucus in stool, associated with diarrhea, may be caused by certain intestinal infections. Bloody mucus in stool, or mucus accompanied by abdominal pain, can represent more serious conditions — Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis and even cancer.
Please refer to an ICD-10-CM manual for a complete listing. Responsibility for the provision of diagnosis code(s) is with the ordering physician. The ordering physician must always determine, for the specific date of service, the appropriate diagnosis code(s) based on the patient’s signs and symptoms. ICD-10-CM codes are required
578.1 Blood In Stool K92.1 Melena. ... Crosswalk information was compiled from the ICD-10-CM 2015 issued by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services. This list ...