ICD-10 Diagnosis Code K56.600

Partial intestinal obstruction, unspecified as to cause

Diagnosis Code K56.600

ICD-10: K56.600
Short Description: Partial intestinal obstruction, unspecified as to cause
Long Description: Partial intestinal obstruction, unspecified as to cause
This is the 2019 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code K56.600

Valid for Submission
The code K56.600 is valid for submission for HIPAA-covered transactions.

Code Classification
  • Diseases of the digestive system (K00–K93)
    • Other diseases of intestines (K55-K64)
      • Paralytic ileus and intestinal obstruction without hernia (K56)

Information for Medical Professionals

Diagnostic Related Groups
The diagnosis code K56.600 is grouped in the following Diagnostic Related Group(s) (MS-DRG V35.0)

  • 388 - G.I. OBSTRUCTION WITH MCC
  • 389 - G.I. OBSTRUCTION WITH CC
  • 390 - G.I. OBSTRUCTION WITHOUT CC/MCC

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Index of Diseases and Injuries
References found for the code K56.600 in the Index of Diseases and Injuries:


Replacement Code Additional informationCallout TooltipReplacement Code
The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) has published an update to the ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes which became effective October 1, 2018. This is a new and revised code for the FY 2019 (October 1, 2018-September 30, 2019).

This code replaces the following previously assigned ICD-10 code(s) listed below:
  • K56.60 - Unspecified intestinal obstruction


Information for Patients


Intestinal Obstruction

Also called: Bowel obstruction, Intestinal volvulus, Paralytic ileus

An intestinal obstruction occurs when food or stool cannot move through the intestines. The obstruction can be complete or partial. There are many causes. The most common are adhesions, hernias, cancers, and certain medicines.

Symptoms include

  • Severe abdominal pain or cramping
  • Vomiting
  • Bloating
  • Loud bowel sounds
  • Swelling of the abdomen
  • Inability to pass gas
  • Constipation

A complete intestinal obstruction is a medical emergency. It often requires surgery.

NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

  • Intestinal obstruction (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Intestinal obstruction repair (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Intestinal or bowel obstruction - discharge (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Intussusception - children (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Small bowel resection (Medical Encyclopedia)


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