ICD-9 Diagnosis Code 786.2


Diagnosis Code 786.2

ICD-9: 786.2
Short Description: Cough
Long Description: Cough
This is the 2014 version of the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code 786.2

Code Classification
  • Symptoms, signs, and ill-defined conditions
    • Symptoms (780-789)
      • 786 Symptoms involving respiratory system and other chest symptoms

Information for Medical Professionals

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Index of Diseases and Injuries
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Information for Patients


Coughing is a reflex that keeps your throat and airways clear. Although it can be annoying, coughing helps your body heal or protect itself. Coughs can be either acute or chronic. Acute coughs begin suddenly and usually last no more than 2 to 3 weeks. Acute coughs are the kind you most often get with a cold, flu, or acute bronchitis. Chronic coughs last longer than 2 to 3 weeks. Causes of chronic cough include

  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Asthma
  • Allergies
  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)
  • Smoking
  • Throat disorders, such as croup in young children
  • Some medicines

Water can help ease your cough - whether you drink it or add it to the air with a steamy shower or vaporizer. If you have a cold or the flu, antihistamines may work better than non-prescription cough medicines. Children under four should not have cough medicine. For children over four, use caution and read labels carefully.

  • Cough
  • Coughing up blood

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