ICD-10-CM Code R11

Nausea and vomiting

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code No Valid Principal Dx

Not Valid for Submission

R11 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of nausea and vomiting. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:R11
Short Description:Nausea and vomiting
Long Description:Nausea and vomiting

Consider the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity:

  • R11.0 - Nausea
  • R11.1 - Vomiting
  • R11.10 - Vomiting, unspecified
  • R11.11 - Vomiting without nausea
  • R11.12 - Projectile vomiting
  • R11.13 - Vomiting of fecal matter
  • R11.14 - Bilious vomiting
  • R11.15 - Cyclical vomiting syndrome unrelated to migraine
  • R11.2 - Nausea with vomiting, unspecified

Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries

The Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries is a list of ICD-10 codes, organized "head to toe" into chapters and sections with guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more. The following references are applicable to the code R11:

Type 1 Excludes

Type 1 Excludes
A type 1 excludes note is a pure excludes note. It means "NOT CODED HERE!" An Excludes1 note indicates that the code excluded should never be used at the same time as the code above the Excludes1 note. An Excludes1 is used when two conditions cannot occur together, such as a congenital form versus an acquired form of the same condition.
  • cyclical vomiting associated with migraine G43.A
  • excessive vomiting in pregnancy O21
  • hematemesis K92.0
  • neonatal hematemesis P54.0
  • newborn vomiting P92.0
  • psychogenic vomiting F50.89
  • vomiting associated with bulimia nervosa F50.2
  • vomiting following gastrointestinal surgery K91.0

Clinical Information

  • POSTOPERATIVE NAUSEA AND VOMITING-. emesis and queasiness occurring after anesthesia.

Code Classification

  • Symptoms, signs and abnormal clinical and laboratory findings, not elsewhere classified (R00–R99)
    • Symptoms and signs involving the digestive system and abdomen (R10-R19)
      • Nausea and vomiting (R11)

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


Nausea and Vomiting

What are nausea and vomiting?

Nausea is when you feel sick to your stomach, as if you are going to throw up. Vomiting is when you throw up.

What causes nausea and vomiting?

Nausea and vomiting can be symptoms of many different conditions, including

  • Morning sickness during pregnancy
  • Gastroenteritis (infection of your intestines) and other infections
  • Migraines
  • Motion sickness
  • Food poisoning
  • Medicines, including those for cancer chemotherapy
  • GERD (reflux) and ulcers
  • Intestinal obstruction

When should I see a health care provider for nausea and vomiting?

Nausea and vomiting are common. They are usually not serious. However, you should contact your health care provider immediately if you have

  • A reason to think that your vomiting is from poisoning
  • Vomited for longer than 24 hours
  • Blood in the vomit
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Severe headache and stiff neck
  • Signs of dehydration, such as dry mouth, infrequent urination or dark urine

How is the cause of nausea and vomiting diagnosed?

Your health care provider will take your medical history, ask about your symptoms and do a physical exam. The provider will look for signs of dehydration. You may have some tests, including blood and urine tests. Women may also have a pregnancy test.

What are the treatments for nausea and vomiting?

Treatments for nausea and vomiting depend on the cause. You may get treatment for the underlying problem. There are some medicines that can treatment nausea and vomiting. For severe cases of vomiting, you may need extra fluids through an IV (intravenous).

There are things that you can do to feel better:

  • Get enough fluids, to avoid dehydration. If you are having trouble keeping liquids down, drink small amounts of clear liquids often.
  • Eat bland foods; stay away from spicy, fatty, or salty foods
  • Eat smaller meals more often
  • Avoid strong smells, since they can sometimes trigger nausea and vomiting
  • If you are pregnant and have morning sickness, eat crackers before you get out of bed in the morning

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