ICD-10 Diagnosis Code K59.0


Diagnosis Code K59.0

ICD-10: K59.0
Short Description: Constipation
Long Description: Constipation
This is the 2017 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code K59.0

Code Classification
  • Diseases of the digestive system
    • Other diseases of intestines (K55-K64)
      • Other functional intestinal disorders (K59)

Information for Patients


Constipation means that a person has three or fewer bowel movements in a week. The stool can be hard and dry. Sometimes it is painful to pass. At one time or another, almost everyone gets constipated. In most cases, it lasts a short time and is not serious.

There are many things you can do to prevent constipation. They include

  • Eating more fruits, vegetables and grains, which are high in fiber
  • Drinking plenty of water and other liquids
  • Getting enough exercise
  • Taking time to have a bowel movement when you need to
  • Using laxatives only if your doctor says you should
  • Asking your doctor if medicines you take may cause constipation

It's not important that you have a bowel movement every day. If your bowel habits change, however, check with your doctor.

NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

  • Constipation
  • Constipation - self-care
  • Fecal impaction
  • Lower GI Series - NIH (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)
  • Tenesmus

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