2020 ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code K59.0

Constipation

    2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
  • K59.0 should not be used for reimbursement purposes as there are multiple codes below it that contain a greater level of detail.
  • The 2020 edition of ICD-10-CM K59.0 became effective on October 1, 2019.
  • This is the American ICD-10-CM version of K59.0 - other international versions of ICD-10 K59.0 may differ.
Type 1 Excludes
Type 1 Excludes Help
A type 1 excludes note is a pure excludes. It means "not coded here". A type 1 excludes note indicates that the code excluded should never be used at the same time as K59.0. A type 1 excludes note is for used for when two conditions cannot occur together, such as a congenital form versus an acquired form of the same condition.
  • fecal impaction (
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code K56.41

    Fecal impaction

      2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Billable/Specific Code
    Type 1 Excludes
    K56.41
    )
  • incomplete defecation (
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code R15.0

    Incomplete defecation

      2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Billable/Specific Code
    Type 1 Excludes
    R15.0
    )
The following code(s) above K59.0 contain annotation back-references
Annotation Back-References
In this context, annotation back-references refer to codes that contain:
  • Applicable To annotations, or
  • Code Also annotations, or
  • Code First annotations, or
  • Excludes1 annotations, or
  • Excludes2 annotations, or
  • Includes annotations, or
  • Note annotations, or
  • Use Additional annotations
that may be applicable to K59.0:
  • K00-K95
    2020 ICD-10-CM Range K00-K95

    Diseases of the digestive system

    Type 2 Excludes
    • certain conditions originating in the perinatal period (P04-P96)
    • certain infectious and parasitic diseases (A00-B99)
    • complications of pregnancy, childbirth and the puerperium (O00-O9A)
    • congenital malformations, deformations and chromosomal abnormalities (Q00-Q99)
    • endocrine, nutritional and metabolic diseases (E00-E88)
    • injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes (S00-T88)
    • neoplasms (C00-D49)
    • symptoms, signs and abnormal clinical and laboratory findings, not elsewhere classified (R00-R94)
    Diseases of the digestive system
  • K59
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code K59

    Other functional intestinal disorders

      2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
    Type 1 Excludes
    • change in bowel habit NOS (R19.4)
    • intestinal malabsorption (K90.-)
    • psychogenic intestinal disorders (F45.8)
    Type 2 Excludes
    • functional disorders of stomach (K31.-)
    Other functional intestinal disorders
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.
  • Constipation; irregular and infrequent or difficult evacuation of the bowels.
  • 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.
  • Other forms of abnormal feces or difficult passage of feces.
Code History
  • 2016 (effective 10/1/2015): New code (first year of non-draft ICD-10-CM)
  • 2017 (effective 10/1/2016): No change
  • 2018 (effective 10/1/2017): No change
  • 2019 (effective 10/1/2018): No change
  • 2020 (effective 10/1/2019): No change
Code annotations containing back-references to K59.0:
  • Type 1 Excludes: K56.41
    , R15.0
    , R19.4
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code K56.41

    Fecal impaction

      2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Billable/Specific Code
    Type 1 Excludes
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code R15.0

    Incomplete defecation

      2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Billable/Specific Code
    Type 1 Excludes
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code R19.4

    Change in bowel habit

      2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Billable/Specific Code
    Type 1 Excludes
ICD-10-CM Codes Adjacent To K59.0
K57.91 Diverticulosis of intestine, part unspecified, without perforation or abscess with bleeding
K57.92 Diverticulitis of intestine, part unspecified, without perforation or abscess without bleeding
K57.93 Diverticulitis of intestine, part unspecified, without perforation or abscess with bleeding
K58 Irritable bowel syndrome
K58.0 Irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea
K58.1 Irritable bowel syndrome with constipation
K58.2 Mixed irritable bowel syndrome
K58.8 Other irritable bowel syndrome
K58.9 Irritable bowel syndrome without diarrhea
K59 Other functional intestinal disorders
K59.0 Constipation
K59.00 …… unspecified
K59.01 Slow transit constipation
K59.02 Outlet dysfunction constipation
K59.03 Drug induced constipation
K59.04 Chronic idiopathic constipation
K59.09 Other constipation
K59.1 Functional diarrhea
K59.2 Neurogenic bowel, not elsewhere classified
K59.3 Megacolon, not elsewhere classified
K59.31 Toxic megacolon

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