ICD-10 Diagnosis Code K56.0

Paralytic ileus

Diagnosis Code K56.0

ICD-10: K56.0
Short Description: Paralytic ileus
Long Description: Paralytic ileus
This is the 2017 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code K56.0

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

Information for Medical Professionals

Diagnostic Related Groups
The diagnosis code K56.0 is grouped in the following Diagnostic Related Group(s) (MS-DRG v33.0)


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  • Motility disorder of intestine
  • Neural reflex-induced ileus
  • Paralysis of colon
  • Paralytic ileus
  • Paralytic ileus of the newborn

Index of Diseases and Injuries
References found for the code K56.0 in the Index of Diseases and Injuries:

Information for Patients

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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Intestinal pseudo-obstruction Intestinal pseudo-obstruction is a condition characterized by impairment of the muscle contractions that move food through the digestive tract. The condition may arise from abnormalities of the gastrointestinal muscles themselves (myogenic) or from problems with the nerves that control the muscle contractions (neurogenic).When intestinal pseudo-obstruction occurs by itself, it is called primary or idiopathic intestinal pseudo-obstruction. The disorder can also develop as a complication of another medical condition; in these cases, it is called secondary intestinal pseudo-obstruction.Intestinal pseudo-obstruction leads to a buildup of partially digested food in the intestines. This buildup can cause abdominal swelling (distention) and pain, nausea, vomiting, and constipation or diarrhea. Affected individuals experience loss of appetite and impaired ability to absorb nutrients, which may lead to malnutrition. These symptoms resemble those of an intestinal blockage (obstruction), but in intestinal pseudo-obstruction no blockage is found.Some people with intestinal pseudo-obstruction have bladder dysfunction such as an inability to pass urine. Other features of this condition may include decreased muscle tone (hypotonia) or stiffness (spasticity), weakness in the muscles that control eye movement (ophthalmoplegia), intellectual disability, seizures, unusual facial features, or recurrent infections.Intestinal pseudo-obstruction can occur at any time of life. Its symptoms may range from mild to severe. Some affected individuals may require nutritional support. Depending on the severity of the condition, such support may include nutritional supplements, a feeding tube, or intravenous feedings (parenteral nutrition).
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