ICD-10 Diagnosis Code R15

Fecal incontinence

Diagnosis Code R15

ICD-10: R15
Short Description: Fecal incontinence
Long Description: Fecal incontinence
This is the 2017 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code R15

Code Classification
  • Symptoms, signs and abnormal clinical and laboratory findings, not elsewhere classified
    • Symptoms and signs involving the digestive system and abdomen (R10-R19)
      • Fecal incontinence (R15)

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.
Index of Diseases and Injuries
References found for the code R15 in the Index of Diseases and Injuries:

Information for Patients

Bowel Incontinence

Also called: Encopresis, Fecal incontinence, Stool soiling

Bowel incontinence is the inability to control your bowels. When you feel the urge to have a bowel movement, you may not be able to hold it until you get to a toilet. Millions of Americans have this problem. It affects people of all ages - children and adults. It is more common in women and older adults. It is not a normal part of aging.

Causes include

  • Constipation
  • Damage to muscles or nerves of the anus and rectum
  • Diarrhea
  • Pelvic support problems

Treatments include changes in diet, medicines, bowel training, or surgery.

NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

  • Bowel incontinence
  • Encopresis
  • Stool Diary - NIH (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)

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