ICD-10 Diagnosis Code R19.4

Change in bowel habit

Diagnosis Code R19.4

ICD-10: R19.4
Short Description: Change in bowel habit
Long Description: Change in bowel habit
This is the 2018 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code R19.4

Valid for Submission
The code R19.4 is valid for submission for HIPAA-covered transactions.

Code Classification
  • Symptoms, signs and abnormal clinical and laboratory findings, not elsewhere classified (R00–R99)
    • Symptoms and signs involving the digestive system and abdomen (R10-R19)
      • Oth symptoms and signs involving the dgstv sys and abdomen (R19)

Information for Medical Professionals

According to ICD-10-CM guidelines this code should not to be used as a principal diagnosis code when a related definitive diagnosis has been established.
Diagnostic Related Groups
The diagnosis code R19.4 is grouped in the following Diagnostic Related Group(s) (MS-DRG V35.0)


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  • Abnormal frequency of defecation
  • Alteration in bowel elimination
  • Altered bowel function
  • Decreased frequency of defecation
  • Finding of frequency of defecation
  • Increased frequency of defecation
  • Irregular bowel habits

Index of Diseases and Injuries
References found for the code R19.4 in the Index of Diseases and Injuries:

Information for Patients

Bowel Movement

Also called: BM, Feces, Poop, Stool

A bowel movement is the last stop in the movement of food through your digestive tract. Your stool passes out of your body through the rectum and anus. Another name for stool is feces. It is made of what is left after your digestive system (stomach, small intestine, and colon) absorbs nutrients and fluids from what you eat and drink.

Sometimes a bowel movement isn't normal. Diarrhea happens when stool passes through the large intestine too quickly. Constipation occurs when stool passes through the large intestine too slowly. Bowel incontinence is a problem controlling your bowel movements. Other abnormalities with bowel movements may be a sign of a digestive problem.

NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

  • Bloody or tarry stools (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Daily bowel care program (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • External incontinence devices (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Fecal culture (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Fecal smear (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Stool guaiac test (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Stools - floating (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Stools - foul smelling (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Stools - pale or clay-colored (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Tenesmus (Medical Encyclopedia)

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