ICD-9 Diagnosis Code 530.81

Esophageal reflux

Diagnosis Code 530.81

ICD-9: 530.81
Short Description: Esophageal reflux
Long Description: Esophageal reflux
This is the 2014 version of the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code 530.81

Code Classification
  • Diseases of the digestive system (520–579)
    • Diseases of esophagus, stomach, and duodenum (530-539)
      • 530 Diseases of esophagus

Information for Medical Professionals

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  • K21.9 - Gastro-esophageal reflux disease without esophagitis

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Information for Patients


Also called: Gastroesophageal reflux disease

Your esophagus is the tube that carries food from your mouth to your stomach. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) happens when a muscle at the end of your esophagus does not close properly. This allows stomach contents to leak back, or reflux, into the esophagus and irritate it.

You may feel a burning in the chest or throat called heartburn. Sometimes, you can taste stomach fluid in the back of the mouth. If you have these symptoms more than twice a week, you may have GERD. You can also have GERD without having heartburn. Your symptoms could include a dry cough, asthma symptoms, or trouble swallowing.

Anyone, including infants and children, can have GERD. If not treated, it can lead to more serious health problems. In some cases, you might need medicines or surgery. However, many people can improve their symptoms by

  • Avoiding alcohol and spicy, fatty or acidic foods that trigger heartburn
  • Eating smaller meals
  • Not eating close to bedtime
  • Losing weight if needed
  • Wearing loose-fitting clothes

NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

  • Anti-reflux surgery
  • Anti-reflux surgery - children - discharge
  • Anti-reflux surgery - discharge
  • Bland diet
  • Esophageal manometry
  • Gastroesophageal reflux - discharge
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Gastroesophageal reflux in infants
  • Swallowing problems
  • Taking antacids

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