ICD-10 Diagnosis Code R15.2

Fecal urgency

Diagnosis Code R15.2

ICD-10: R15.2
Short Description: Fecal urgency
Long Description: Fecal urgency
This is the 2017 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code R15.2

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.
Diagnostic Related Groups
The diagnosis code R15.2 is grouped in the following Diagnostic Related Group(s) (MS-DRG v33.0)


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  • Fecal incontinence with fecal urgency
  • Urgent desire for stool

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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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
  • Daily bowel care program
  • External incontinence devices
  • Fecal culture
  • Fecal smear
  • Stool guaiac test
  • Stools - floating
  • Stools - foul smelling
  • Stools - pale or clay-colored
  • Tenesmus

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