2021 ICD-10-CM Code R13

Aphagia and dysphagia

Version 2021
Non-Billable Code
No Valid Principal Dx

Not Valid for Submission

R13 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of aphagia and dysphagia. The code is NOT valid for the year 2021 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.

ICD-10:R13
Short Description:Aphagia and dysphagia
Long Description:Aphagia and dysphagia

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Aphagia and dysphagia

Header codes like R13 require more digits to indicate the appropriate level of specificity. Consider using any of the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity when coding for aphagia and dysphagia:

  • R13.0 - Aphagia
  • R13.1 - Dysphagia
  • R13.10 - Dysphagia, unspecified
  • R13.11 - Dysphagia, oral phase
  • R13.12 - Dysphagia, oropharyngeal phase
  • R13.13 - Dysphagia, pharyngeal phase
  • R13.14 - Dysphagia, pharyngoesophageal phase
  • R13.19 - Other dysphagia

Information for Patients


Swallowing Disorders

Also called: Dysphagia

If you have a swallowing disorder, you may have difficulty or pain when swallowing. Some people cannot swallow at all. Others may have trouble swallowing liquids, foods, or saliva. This makes it hard to eat. Often, it can be difficult to take in enough calories and fluids to nourish your body.

Anyone can have a swallowing disorder, but it is more likely in the elderly. It often happens because of other conditions, including

Medicines can help some people, while others may need surgery. Swallowing treatment with a speech-language pathologist can help. You may find it helpful to change your diet or hold your head or neck in a certain way when you eat. In very serious cases, people may need feeding tubes.

NIH: National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders


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Code History

  • 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 (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)