T17.8: Foreign body in other and multiple parts of respiratory tract

You have one or more foreign bodies in your respiratory tract.

When we breathe, the air gets into the body via the respiratory tract. The respiratory tract can be divided into the upper and the lower respiratory tracts. The nose and throat form part of the upper respiratory tract. The lower respiratory tract begins at the larynx. This includes the trachea and the bronchia.

Different types of foreign bodies can get into the respiratory tract. A foreign body may be a mucous plug, for example. Foreign bodies may also be objects, however. If vomit gets into the respiratory tract, this can also be referred to as a foreign body.

If there are foreign bodies in the respiratory tract, there can be various symptoms. For example, the foreign body may make breathing more difficult. Your body may then not get enough oxygen. You may also have a sudden need to cough. A whistling or rattling sound may also be heard when breathing. If foreign bodies remain in the respiratory tract for a long time, inflammation can result there.

Additional indicator

On medical documents, the ICD code is often appended by letters that indicate the diagnostic certainty or the affected side of the body.

  • G: Confirmed diagnosis
  • V: Tentative diagnosis
  • Z: Condition after
  • A: Excluded diagnosis
  • L: Left
  • R: Right
  • B: Both sides

Further information


This information is not intended for self-diagnosis and does not replace professional medical advice from a doctor. If you find an ICD code on a personal medical document, please also note the additional indicator used for diagnostic confidence.
Your doctor will assist you with any health-related questions and explain the ICD diagnosis code to you in a direct consultation if necessary.


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