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2024 ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code R10

Abdominal and pelvic pain

ICD-10-CM Code:
ICD-10 Code for:
Abdominal and pelvic pain
Is Billable?
Not Valid for Submission
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Code Classification

  • Symptoms, signs and abnormal clinical and laboratory findings, not elsewhere classified
    • Symptoms and signs involving the digestive system and abdomen
      • Abdominal and pelvic pain

R10 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of abdominal and pelvic pain. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2024 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. Category or Header define the heading of a category of codes that may be further subdivided by the use of 4th, 5th, 6th or 7th characters.

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.

Specific Coding Applicable to Abdominal and pelvic pain

Non-specific codes like R10 require more digits to indicate the appropriate level of specificity. Consider using any of the following ICD-10-CM codes with a higher level of specificity when coding for abdominal and pelvic pain:

  • Use R10.0 for Acute abdomen - BILLABLE CODE

  • R10.1 for Pain localized to upper abdomen - NON-BILLABLE CODE

  • Use R10.10 for Upper abdominal pain, unspecified - BILLABLE CODE

  • Use R10.11 for Right upper quadrant pain - BILLABLE CODE

  • Use R10.12 for Left upper quadrant pain - BILLABLE CODE

  • Use R10.13 for Epigastric pain - BILLABLE CODE

  • Use R10.2 for Pelvic and perineal pain - BILLABLE CODE

  • R10.3 for Pain localized to other parts of lower abdomen - NON-BILLABLE CODE

  • Use R10.30 for Lower abdominal pain, unspecified - BILLABLE CODE

  • Use R10.31 for Right lower quadrant pain - BILLABLE CODE

  • Use R10.32 for Left lower quadrant pain - BILLABLE CODE

  • Use R10.33 for Periumbilical pain - BILLABLE CODE

  • R10.8 for Other abdominal pain - NON-BILLABLE CODE

  • R10.81 for Abdominal tenderness - NON-BILLABLE CODE

  • R10.82 for Rebound abdominal tenderness - NON-BILLABLE CODE

  • Use R10.83 for Colic - BILLABLE CODE

  • Use R10.84 for Generalized abdominal pain - BILLABLE CODE

  • Use R10.9 for Unspecified abdominal pain - BILLABLE CODE

Patient Education

Abdominal Pain

Your abdomen extends from below your chest to your groin. Some people call it the stomach, but your abdomen contains many other important organs. Pain in the abdomen can come from any one of them. The pain may start somewhere else, such as your chest. Severe pain doesn't always mean a serious problem. Nor does mild pain mean a problem is not serious.

Call your health care provider if mild pain lasts a week or more or if you have pain with other symptoms. Get medical help immediately if:

  • You have abdominal pain that is sudden and sharp
  • You also have pain in your chest, neck or shoulder
  • You're vomiting blood or have blood in your stool
  • Your abdomen is stiff, hard and tender to touch
  • You can't move your bowels, especially if you're also vomiting

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Pelvic Pain

Pelvic pain occurs mostly in the lower abdomen area. The pain might be steady, or it might come and go. It can be a sharp and stabbing pain in a specific spot, or a dull pain that is spread out. If the pain is severe, it might get in the way of your daily activities.

If you're a woman, you might feel pain during your period. It could also happen when you have sex. Pelvic pain can be a sign that there is a problem with one of the organs in your pelvic area, such as the uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, cervix, or vagina. If you're a man, the cause could be problem with the prostate. In men and women, it could be a symptom of infection, or a problem with the urinary tract, lower intestines, rectum, muscle, or bone. Some women have more than one cause of pelvic pain at the same time.

You might have to have lab, imaging, or other medical tests to find the cause of the pain. The treatment will depend on the cause, how bad the pain is, and how often it occurs.

NIH: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

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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
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016. This was the first year ICD-10-CM was implemented into the HIPAA code set.