ICD-10-CM Code R06.00

Dyspnea, unspecified

Version 2020 Replaced Code Billable Code No Valid Principal Dx

Valid for Submission

R06.00 is a billable code used to specify a medical diagnosis of dyspnea, unspecified. The code is valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. The ICD-10-CM code R06.00 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like borg breathlessness score: 0.5 very, very slight , borg breathlessness score: 1 very slight, borg breathlessness score: 10 maximal, borg breathlessness score: 2 slight, borg breathlessness score: 3 moderate, borg breathlessness score: 4 somewhat severe, etc

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.

Short Description:Dyspnea, unspecified
Long Description:Dyspnea, unspecified

Replaced Code

This code was replaced in the 2020 ICD-10 code set with the code(s) listed below. The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) has published an update to the ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes which became effective October 1, 2019. This code was replaced for the FY 2020 (October 1, 2019 - September 30, 2020).

  • R06.03 - Acute respiratory distress

Index to Diseases and Injuries

The Index to Diseases and Injuries is an alphabetical listing of medical terms, with each term mapped to one or more ICD-10 code(s). The following references for the code R06.00 are found in the index:


The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:

  • Borg Breathlessness Score: 0.5 very, very slight
  • Borg Breathlessness Score: 1 very slight
  • Borg Breathlessness Score: 10 maximal
  • Borg Breathlessness Score: 2 slight
  • Borg Breathlessness Score: 3 moderate
  • Borg Breathlessness Score: 4 somewhat severe
  • Borg Breathlessness Score: 5 severe
  • Borg Breathlessness Score: 6 severe
  • Borg Breathlessness Score: 7 very severe
  • Borg Breathlessness Score: 8 very severe
  • Borg Breathlessness Score: 9 very, very severe
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Dyspnea
  • Dyspnea associated with AIDS
  • Dyspnea at rest
  • Nocturnal dyspnea
  • O/E - dyspnea
  • Paroxysmal dyspnea
  • Paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea
  • Respiratory disorder associated with AIDS
  • Spinal muscular atrophy with respiratory distress type 2
  • Winded

Clinical Information

  • DYSPNEA-. difficult or labored breathing.
  • DYSPNEA PAROXYSMAL-. a disorder characterized by sudden attacks of respiratory distress in at rest patients with heart failure and pulmonary edema. it usually occurs at night after several hours of sleep in a reclining position. patients awaken with a feeling of suffocation coughing a cold sweat and tachycardia. when there is significant wheezing it is called cardiac asthma.
  • TRANSFUSION REACTION-. complications of blood transfusion. included adverse reactions are common allergic and febrile reactions; hemolytic delayed and acute reactions; and other non hemolytic adverse reactions such as infections and adverse immune reactions related to immunocompatibility.

Convert R06.00 to ICD-9

  • 786.09 - Respiratory abnorm NEC (Approximate Flag)

Code Classification

  • Symptoms, signs and abnormal clinical and laboratory findings, not elsewhere classified (R00–R99)
    • Symptoms and signs involving the circulatory and respiratory systems (R00-R09)
      • Abnormalities of breathing (R06)

Code History

  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016
    (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020

Information for Patients

Breathing Problems

When you're short of breath, it's hard or uncomfortable for you to take in the oxygen your body needs. You may feel as if you're not getting enough air. Sometimes you can have mild breathing problems because of a stuffy nose or intense exercise. But shortness of breath can also be a sign of a serious disease.

Many conditions can make you feel short of breath:

  • Lung conditions such as asthma, emphysema, or pneumonia
  • Problems with your trachea or bronchi, which are part of your airway system
  • Heart disease can make you feel breathless if your heart cannot pump enough blood to supply oxygen to your body
  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Allergies

If you often have trouble breathing, it is important to find out the cause.

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