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ICD-10-CM Code R19.5
Other fecal abnormalities

Billable Code
Billable codes are sufficient justification for admission to an acute care hospital when used a principal diagnosis.
| ICD-10 from 2011 - 2016

R19.5 is a billable ICD code used to specify a diagnosis of other fecal abnormalities. A 'billable code' is detailed enough to be used to specify a medical diagnosis.

The ICD code R195 is used to code Fecal occult blood

Fecal occult blood (FOB) refers to blood in the feces that is not visibly apparent (unlike other types of blood in stool such as melena or hematochezia). A fecal occult blood test (FOBT) checks for hidden (occult) blood in the stool (feces). Newer tests look for globin, DNA, or other blood factors including transferrin, while conventional stool guaiac tests look for heme.

MeSH Code: D009780
ICD 9 Code: 792.1

Cards and bottle used for the Hemoccult test, a type of stool guaiac test

Source: Wikipedia

Coding Notes for R19.5 Info for medical coders on how to properly use this ICD-10 code

Inclusion Terms:
Inclusion Terms
Inclusion Terms are a list of concepts for which a specific code is used. The list of Inclusion Terms is useful for determining the correct code in some cases, but the list is not necessarily exhaustive.
Abnormal stool color
Bulky stools
Mucus in stools
Occult blood in feces
Occult blood in stools
Code Type-1 Excludes:
Type-1 Excludes
Type-1 Excludes mean the conditions excluded are mutually exclusive and should never be coded together. Excludes 1 means "do not code here."
Melena - instead, use code K92.1
Neonatal melena - instead, use code P54.1

MS-DRG Mapping

  • DRG Group #391-392 - Esophagitis, gastroent and misc digest disorders with MCC.
  • DRG Group #391-392 - Esophagitis, gastroent and misc digest disorders without MCC.

Related Concepts SNOMET-CT

  • Feces/motions - symptoms (finding)
  • Fecal occult blood: positive (finding)
  • Occult blood in stools (finding)

ICD-10-CM Alphabetical Index References for 'R19.5 - Other fecal abnormalities'

The ICD-10-CM Alphabetical Index links the below-listed medical terms to the ICD code R19.5. Click on any term below to browse the alphabetical index.


Abnormal feces (approximate match)
Nonspecific abnormal findings in stool contents (approximate match)

This is the official approximate match mapping between ICD9 and ICD10, as provided by the General Equivalency mapping crosswalk. This means that while there is no exact mapping between this ICD10 code R19.5 and a single ICD9 code, 792.1 is an approximate match for comparison and conversion purposes.

Parent Code: R19 - Other symptoms and signs involving the digestive system and abdomen

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