ICD-10 Diagnosis Code K56

Paralytic ileus and intestinal obstruction without hernia

Diagnosis Code K56

ICD-10: K56
Short Description: Paralytic ileus and intestinal obstruction without hernia
Long Description: Paralytic ileus and intestinal obstruction without hernia
This is the 2017 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code K56

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Code Classification
  • Diseases of the digestive system (K00–K93)
    • Other diseases of intestines (K55-K64)
      • Paralytic ileus and intestinal obstruction without hernia (K56)

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Intestinal Obstruction

Also called: Bowel obstruction, Intestinal volvulus, Paralytic ileus

An intestinal obstruction occurs when food or stool cannot move through the intestines. The obstruction can be complete or partial. There are many causes. The most common are adhesions, hernias, cancers, and certain medicines.

Symptoms include

  • Severe abdominal pain or cramping
  • Vomiting
  • Bloating
  • Loud bowel sounds
  • Swelling of the abdomen
  • Inability to pass gas
  • Constipation

A complete intestinal obstruction is a medical emergency. It often requires surgery.

NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

  • Intestinal obstruction
  • Intestinal obstruction repair
  • Intestinal or bowel obstruction - discharge
  • Intussusception - children
  • Small bowel resection


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