Version 2024
No Valid Principal Dx

2024 ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code R06.03

Acute respiratory distress

ICD-10-CM Code:
Short Description:
Acute respiratory distress
Is Billable?
Yes - Valid for Submission
Chronic Condition Indicator: [1]
Not chronic
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Code Classification

  • Symptoms, signs and abnormal clinical and laboratory findings, not elsewhere classified
    • Symptoms and signs involving the circulatory and respiratory systems
      • Abnormalities of breathing

R06.03 is a billable diagnosis code used to specify a medical diagnosis of acute respiratory distress. The code is valid during the current fiscal year for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions from October 01, 2023 through September 30, 2024.

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.

Approximate Synonyms

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

  • Acute respiratory distress
  • Acute respiratory distress
  • Autosomal recessive distal hereditary motor neuropathy
  • Early-onset myopathy, areflexia, respiratory distress, dysphagia syndrome
  • Respiratory distress
  • Respiratory distress
  • Respiratory distress
  • Spinal muscular atrophy with respiratory distress type 1
  • Transient respiratory distress with sepsis

Clinical Classification

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.
  • Blood Transfusion

    the introduction of whole blood or blood component directly into the blood stream. (dorland, 27th ed)

Index to Diseases and Injuries References

The following annotation back-references for this diagnosis code are found in the injuries and diseases index. The Index to Diseases and Injuries is an alphabetical listing of medical terms, with each term mapped to one or more ICD-10-CM code(s).

Replacement Code

R0603 replaces the following previously assigned ICD-10-CM code(s):

  • R06.00 - Dyspnea, unspecified

Convert R06.03 to ICD-9-CM

  • ICD-9-CM Code: 518.82 - Other pulmonary insuff
    Approximate Flag - The approximate mapping means there is not an exact match between the ICD-10 and ICD-9 codes and the mapped code is not a precise representation of the original code.
  • ICD-9-CM Code: 770.89 - Resp prob after brth NEC
    Approximate Flag - The approximate mapping means there is not an exact match between the ICD-10 and ICD-9 codes and the mapped code is not a precise representation of the original code.

Code History

  • FY 2024 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2023 through 9/30/2024
  • FY 2023 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2022 through 9/30/2023
  • FY 2022 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2021 through 9/30/2022
  • FY 2021 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2020 through 9/30/2021
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018


[1] Not chronic - A diagnosis code that does not fit the criteria for chronic condition (duration, ongoing medical treatment, and limitations) is considered not chronic. Some codes designated as not chronic are acute conditions. Other diagnosis codes that indicate a possible chronic condition, but for which the duration of the illness is not specified in the code description (i.e., we do not know the condition has lasted 12 months or longer) also are considered not chronic.