ICD-10 Diagnosis Code R43.8

Other disturbances of smell and taste

Diagnosis Code R43.8

ICD-10: R43.8
Short Description: Other disturbances of smell and taste
Long Description: Other disturbances of smell and taste
This is the 2017 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code R43.8

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Code Classification
  • Symptoms, signs and abnormal clinical and laboratory findings, not elsewhere classified (R00–R99)
    • Symptoms and signs involving cognition, perception, emotional state and behavior (R40-R46)
      • Disturbances of smell and taste (R43)

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.
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  • Anterior tongue taste disorder
  • Hemiageusia
  • Hypogeusia
  • Loss of taste
  • Loss of taste
  • Loss of taste
  • Loss of taste anterior two thirds of tongue
  • Loss of taste posterior one third of tongue
  • Metallic taste
  • On examination - taste loss anterior 2/3 tongue
  • Phantom taste
  • Primary bitter taste disorder
  • Primary salt taste disorder
  • Primary sweet taste disorder
  • Primary taste disorder
  • Primary taste disorder
  • Primary taste disorder
  • Secondary acid taste disorder
  • Secondary bitter taste disorder
  • Secondary sweet taste disorder
  • Secondary taste disorder
  • Taste sense altered

Index of Diseases and Injuries
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Information for Patients

Taste and Smell Disorders

Our senses of taste and smell give us great pleasure. Taste helps us enjoy food and beverages. Smell lets us enjoy the scents and fragrances like roses or coffee. Taste and smell also protect us, letting us know when food has gone bad or when there is a gas leak. They make us want to eat, ensuring we get the nutrition we need.

People with taste disorders may taste things that aren't there, may not be able to tell the difference in tastes, or can't taste at all. People with smell disorders may lose their sense of smell, or things may smell different. A smell they once enjoyed may now smell bad to them.

Many illnesses and injuries can cause taste and smell disorders, including colds and head injuries. Some drugs can also affect taste and smell. Most people lose some ability to taste and smell as they get older. Treatment varies, depending on the problem and its cause.

NIH: National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

  • Smell - impaired
  • Taste - impaired

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