ICD-9 Diagnosis Code 787.63

Fecal urgency

Diagnosis Code 787.63

ICD-9: 787.63
Short Description: Fecal urgency
Long Description: Fecal urgency
This is the 2014 version of the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code 787.63

Code Classification
  • Symptoms, signs, and ill-defined conditions (780–799)
    • Symptoms (780-789)
      • 787 Symptoms involving digestive system

Information for Patients


Bowel Incontinence

Also called: Encopresis, 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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