2020 ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code R15.9

Full incontinence of feces

    2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Billable/Specific Code
  • R15.9 is a billable/specific ICD-10-CM code that can be used to indicate a diagnosis for reimbursement purposes.
  • The 2020 edition of ICD-10-CM R15.9 became effective on October 1, 2019.
  • This is the American ICD-10-CM version of R15.9 - other international versions of ICD-10 R15.9 may differ.
Applicable To
  • Fecal incontinence NOS
The following code(s) above R15.9 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 R15.9:
  • R00-R99
    2020 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
  • R10-R19
    2020 ICD-10-CM Range R10-R19

    Symptoms and signs involving the digestive system and abdomen

    Type 2 Excludes
    • congenital or infantile pylorospasm (Q40.0)
    • gastrointestinal hemorrhage (K92.0-K92.2)
    • intestinal obstruction (K56.-)
    • newborn gastrointestinal hemorrhage (P54.0-P54.3)
    • newborn intestinal obstruction (P76.-)
    • pylorospasm (K31.3)
    • signs and symptoms involving the urinary system (R30-R39)
    • symptoms referable to female genital organs (N94.-)
    • symptoms referable to male genital organs (N48-N50)
    Symptoms and signs involving the digestive system and abdomen
  • R15
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code R15

    Fecal incontinence

      2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
    • encopresis NOS
    Type 1 Excludes
    • fecal incontinence of nonorganic origin (F98.1)
    Fecal incontinence
Approximate Synonyms
  • Encopresis
  • Encopresis (fecal soiling)
  • Encopresis, primary
  • Encopresis, primary, organic
  • Encopresis, secondary
  • Encopresis, secondary, organic
  • Full fecal incontinence
  • Incontinence of feces
  • Incontinent of feces
  • Primary functional encopresis
  • Primary organic encopresis
  • Secondary functional encopresis
  • Secondary organic encopresis
Clinical Information
  • A disorder characterized by inability to control the escape of stool from the rectum.
  • Bowel incontinence is the inability to control your bowels. When you feel the urge to have a bowel movement, you may not be able to hold it until you get to a toilet. More than 5.5 million americans have bowel incontinence. It affects people of all ages - children and adults. It is more common in women and older adults, but it is not a normal part of aging.causes include
    • constipation
    • damage to muscles or nerves of the anus and rectum
    • diarrhea
    • pelvic support problems
    treatments include changes in diet, medicines, bowel training, or surgery.
  • Change in normal bowel habits characterized by involuntary passage of stool
  • Failure of control of the anal sphincters, with involuntary passage of feces and flatus; it may be either psychogenic or organic in origin.
  • Failure of voluntary control of the anal sphincters, with involuntary passage of feces and flatus.
  • Inability to control the escape of stool from the rectum.
  • Inability to hold stool in the rectum.
  • Involuntary defecation
ICD-10-CM R15.9 is grouped within Diagnostic Related Group(s) (MS-DRG v37.0):
  • 391 Esophagitis, gastroenteritis and miscellaneous digestive disorders with mcc
  • 392 Esophagitis, gastroenteritis and miscellaneous digestive disorders without mcc

Convert R15.9 to ICD-9-CM

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

Diagnosis Index entries containing back-references to R15.9:
  • Encopresis R15.9
  • Fecal
    • incontinence R15.9
  • Incontinence R32
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code R32

    Unspecified urinary incontinence

      2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Billable/Specific Code
    Applicable To
    • Enuresis NOS
    Type 1 Excludes
    • functional urinary incontinence (R39.81)
    • nonorganic enuresis (F98.0)
    • stress incontinence and other specified urinary incontinence (N39.3-N39.4-)
    • urinary incontinence associated with cognitive impairment (R39.81)
    • feces R15.9
    • anal sphincter R15.9
    • rectal R15.9
  • Loss (of)

ICD-10-CM Codes Adjacent To R15.9
R13.19 Other dysphagia
R14 Flatulence and related conditions
R14.0 Abdominal distension (gaseous)
R14.1 Gas pain
R14.2 Eructation
R14.3 Flatulence
R15 Fecal incontinence
R15.0 Incomplete defecation
R15.1 Fecal smearing
R15.2 Fecal urgency
R15.9 Full incontinence of feces
R16 Hepatomegaly and splenomegaly, not elsewhere classified
R16.0 Hepatomegaly, not elsewhere classified
R16.1 Splenomegaly, not elsewhere classified
R16.2 Hepatomegaly with splenomegaly, not elsewhere classified
R17 Unspecified jaundice
R18 Ascites
R18.0 Malignant ascites
R18.8 Other ascites
R19 Other symptoms and signs involving the digestive system and abdomen
R19.0 Intra-abdominal and pelvic swelling, mass and lump

Reimbursement claims with a date of service on or after October 1, 2015 require the use of ICD-10-CM codes.