Specific code icon 2017 ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code K59.00

Constipation, unspecified

    2016 2017 Billable/Specific Code

  • K59.00 is a billable/specific ICD-10-CM code that can be used to indicate a diagnosis for reimbursement purposes.
  • This is the American ICD-10-CM version of K59.00. Other international versions of ICD-10 K59.00 may differ.
  • Reimbursement claims with a date of service on or after October 1, 2015 require the use of ICD-10-CM codes.

Clinical Information
  • A condition in which stool becomes hard, dry, and difficult to pass, and bowel movements don't happen very often. Other symptoms may include painful bowel movements, and feeling bloated, uncomfortable, and sluggish.
  • A disorder characterized by irregular and infrequent or difficult evacuation of the bowels.
  • Condition in which bowel movements are infrequent or incomplete.
  • Constipation means that a person has three or fewer bowel movements in a week. The stool can be hard and dry. Sometimes it is painful to pass. At one time or another, almost everyone gets constipated. In most cases, it lasts a short time and is not serious. There are many things you can do to prevent constipation. They include
    • eating more fruits, vegetables and grains, which are high in fiber
    • drinking plenty of water and other liquids
    • getting enough exercise
    • taking time to have a bowel movement when you need to
    • using laxatives only if your doctor says you should
    • asking your doctor if medicines you take may cause constipation
    it's not important that you have a bowel movement every day. If your bowel habits change, however, check with your doctor.
  • Decrease in normal frequency of defecation accompanied by difficult or incomplete passage of stool and/or passage of excessively hard, dry stool
  • Difficult passage of hard, dry, feces
  • Infrequent or difficult evacuation of feces. These symptoms are associated with a variety of causes, including low dietary fiber intake, emotional or nervous disturbances, systemic and structural disorders, drug-induced aggravation, and infections.
  • Irregular and infrequent or difficult evacuation of the bowels.
Approximate Synonyms
  • Atonic constipation
  • Colonic constipation
  • Constipation
  • Constipation due to atony of colon
  • Constipation due to neurogenic bowel
  • Constipation due to spasm of colon
  • Constipation, atonic
  • Constipation, colonic
  • Constipation, neurogenic
  • Constipation, spastic
  • Dyschezia
  • Neurogenic constipation
  • Nutrition therapy for constipation done
  • Nutrition therapy for constipation done (situation)
  • Nutrition treatment for constipation
  • Nutritional therapy for constipation
  • Obstipation
  • Pain associated with defecation
  • Slow transit constipation
  • Spastic constipation
ICD-10-CM K59.00 is grouped within Diagnostic Related Group(s) (MS-DRG v34.0):
  • 391 Esophagitis, gastroenteritis and miscellaneous digestive disorders with mcc
  • 392 Esophagitis, gastroenteristis and miscellaneous digestive disorders without mcc

Convert ICD-10-CM K59.00 to ICD-9-CM

The following ICD-10-CM Index entries contain back-references to ICD-10-CM K59.00:
  • Constipation (atonic) (neurogenic) (simple) (spastic) K59.00
  • Dyschezia K59.00