2023 ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code R06

Abnormalities of breathing

    2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
  • R06 should not be used for reimbursement purposes as there are multiple codes below it that contain a greater level of detail.
  • The 2023 edition of ICD-10-CM R06 became effective on October 1, 2022.
  • This is the American ICD-10-CM version of R06 - other international versions of ICD-10 R06 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 R06. 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.
  • acute respiratory distress syndrome (
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code J80

    Acute respiratory distress syndrome

      2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 Billable/Specific Code
    Applicable To
    • Acute respiratory distress syndrome in adult or child
    • Adult hyaline membrane disease
    Type 1 Excludes
    • respiratory distress syndrome in newborn (perinatal) (P22.0)
  • respiratory arrest (
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code R09.2

    Respiratory arrest

      2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 Billable/Specific Code
    Applicable To
    • Cardiorespiratory failure
    Type 1 Excludes
    • cardiac arrest (I46.-)
    • respiratory arrest of newborn (P28.81)
    • respiratory distress of newborn (P22.0)
    • respiratory failure (J96.-)
    • respiratory failure of newborn (P28.5)
    • respiratory insufficiency (R06.89)
    • respiratory insufficiency of newborn (P28.5)
  • respiratory arrest of newborn (
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code P28.81

    Respiratory arrest of newborn

      2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 Billable/Specific Code Code on Newborn Record
  • respiratory distress syndrome of newborn (
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code P22
    • P22 Respiratory distress of newborn
      • P22.0 Respiratory distress syndrome of newborn
      • P22.1 Transient tachypnea of newborn
      • P22.8 Other respiratory distress of newborn
      • P22.9 Respiratory distress of newborn, unspecified
  • respiratory failure (
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code J96
    • J96 Respiratory failure, not elsewhere classified...
      • J96.0 Acute respiratory failure
        • J96.00 Acute respiratory failure, unspecified whethe...
        • J96.01 …… with hypoxia
        • J96.02 …… with hypercapnia
      • J96.1 Chronic respiratory failure
        • J96.10 Chronic respiratory failure, unspecified whet...
        • J96.11 …… with hypoxia
        • J96.12 …… with hypercapnia
      • J96.2 Acute and chronic respiratory failure
        • J96.20 Acute and chronic respiratory failure, unspec...
        • J96.21 Acute and chronic respiratory failure with hy...
        • J96.22 Acute and chronic respiratory failure with hy...
      • J96.9 Respiratory failure, unspecified
        • J96.90 Respiratory failure, unspecified, unspecified...
        • J96.91 Respiratory failure, unspecified with hypoxia...
        • J96.92 Respiratory failure, unspecified with hyperca...
  • respiratory failure of newborn (
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code P28.5

    Respiratory failure of newborn

      2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 Billable/Specific Code Code on Newborn Record
    Type 1 Excludes
    • respiratory arrest of newborn (P28.81)
    • respiratory distress of newborn (P22.0-)
The following code(s) above R06 contain annotation back-references
Annotation Back-References
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  • Applicable To annotations, or
  • Code Also annotations, or
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that may be applicable to R06:
  • R00-R99
    2023 ICD-10-CM Range R00-R99

    Symptoms, signs and abnormal clinical and laboratory findings, not elsewhere classified

    • This chapter includes symptoms, signs, abnormal results of clinical or other investigative procedures, and ill-defined conditions regarding which no diagnosis classifiable elsewhere is recorded.
    • Signs and symptoms that point rather definitely to a given diagnosis have been assigned to a category in other chapters of the classification. In general, categories in this chapter include the less well-defined conditions and symptoms that, without the necessary study of the case to establish a final diagnosis, point perhaps equally to two or more diseases or to two or more systems of the body. Practically all categories in the chapter could be designated 'not otherwise specified', 'unknown etiology' or 'transient'. The Alphabetical Index should be consulted to determine which symptoms and signs are to be allocated here and which to other chapters. The residual subcategories, numbered .8, are generally provided for other relevant symptoms that cannot be allocated elsewhere in the classification.
    • The conditions and signs or symptoms included in categories R00-R94 consist of:
    • (a) cases for which no more specific diagnosis can be made even after all the facts bearing on the case have been investigated;
    • (b) signs or symptoms existing at the time of initial encounter that proved to be transient and whose causes could not be determined;
    • (c) provisional diagnosis in a patient who failed to return for further investigation or care;
    • (d) cases referred elsewhere for investigation or treatment before the diagnosis was made;
    • (e) cases in which a more precise diagnosis was not available for any other reason;
    • (f) certain symptoms, for which supplementary information is provided, that represent important problems in medical care in their own right.
    Type 2 Excludes
    • abnormal findings on antenatal screening of mother (O28.-)
    • certain conditions originating in the perinatal period (P04-P96)
    • signs and symptoms classified in the body system chapters
    • signs and symptoms of breast (N63, N64.5)
    Symptoms, signs and abnormal clinical and laboratory findings, not elsewhere classified
Clinical Information
  • When you're short of breath, it's hard or uncomfortable for you to take in the oxygen your body needs. You may feel as if you're not getting enough air. Sometimes mild breathing problems are from a stuffy nose or hard exercise. But shortness of breath can also be a sign of a serious disease.many conditions can make you feel short of breath. Lung conditions such as asthma, emphysema or pneumonia cause breathing difficulties. So can problems with your trachea or bronchi, which are part of your airway system. heart disease can make you feel breathless if your heart cannot pump enough blood to supply oxygen to your body. Stress caused by anxiety can also make it hard for you to breathe. If you often have trouble breathing, it is important to find out the cause.
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
  • 2021 (effective 10/1/2020): No change
  • 2022 (effective 10/1/2021): No change
  • 2023 (effective 10/1/2022): No change
ICD-10-CM Codes Adjacent To R06
R04.81 Acute idiopathic pulmonary hemorrhage in infants
R04.89 Hemorrhage from other sites in respiratory passages
R04.9 Hemorrhage from respiratory passages, unspecified
R05 Cough
R05.1 Acute cough
R05.2 Subacute cough
R05.3 Chronic cough
R05.4 Cough syncope
R05.8 Other specified cough
R05.9 Cough, unspecified
R06 Abnormalities of breathing
R06.0 Dyspnea
R06.00 …… unspecified
R06.01 Orthopnea
R06.02 Shortness of breath
R06.03 Acute respiratory distress
R06.09 Other forms of dyspnea
R06.1 Stridor
R06.2 Wheezing
R06.3 Periodic breathing
R06.4 Hyperventilation

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