ICD-10-CM Code R13.10

Dysphagia, unspecified

Version 2020 Billable Code No Valid Principal Dx

Valid for Submission

R13.10 is a billable code used to specify a medical diagnosis of dysphagia, unspecified. The code is valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. The ICD-10-CM code R13.10 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like abnormal deglutition, boder syndrome, difficulty swallowing, difficulty swallowing fluid, difficulty swallowing food, difficulty swallowing pills, 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:Dysphagia, unspecified
Long Description:Dysphagia, 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 R13.10:

Inclusion Terms

Inclusion Terms
These terms are the conditions for which that code is to be used. The terms may be synonyms of the code title, or, in the case of "other specified" codes, the terms are a list of the various conditions assigned to that code. The inclusion terms are not necessarily exhaustive. Additional terms found only in the Alphabetic Index may also be assigned to a code.
  • Difficulty in swallowing NOS

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 R13.10 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:

  • Abnormal deglutition
  • Boder syndrome
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Difficulty swallowing fluid
  • Difficulty swallowing food
  • Difficulty swallowing pills
  • Difficulty swallowing saliva
  • Difficulty swallowing soft foods
  • Difficulty swallowing solids
  • Difficulty swallowing thickened fluid
  • Does not initiate swallowing reflex
  • Does not swallow
  • Does not swallow fluid
  • Does not swallow food
  • Does not swallow saliva
  • Does not swallow soft foods
  • Does not swallow solids
  • Does not swallow thickened fluid
  • Dysphagia
  • Dysphagia due to and following non-traumatic intracerebral hemorrhage
  • Dysphagia due to and following non-traumatic subarachnoid hemorrhage
  • Finding related to ability to initiate swallowing reflex
  • Finding related to ability to swallow saliva
  • Finding related to ability to swallow saliva
  • Finding related to ability to swallow soft foods
  • Finding related to ability to swallow soft foods
  • Finding related to ability to swallow solids
  • Finding related to ability to swallow solids
  • Finding related to ability to swallow thickened fluid
  • Finding related to ability to swallow thickened fluid
  • Presbyphagia
  • Regurgitates after swallowing
  • Regurgitation
  • Sequela of non-traumatic intracranial subarachnoid hemorrhage
  • Sequelae of subarachnoid hemorrhage
  • Swallowing pattern - finding
  • Swallowing problem
  • Swallowing symptoms
  • Unable to swallow
  • Unable to swallow tablet
  • Uncompensated swallowing impairment

Clinical Information

  • DEGLUTITION DISORDERS-. difficulty in swallowing which may result from neuromuscular disorder or mechanical obstruction. dysphagia is classified into two distinct types: oropharyngeal dysphagia due to malfunction of the pharynx and upper esophageal sphincter; and esophageal dysphagia due to malfunction of the esophagus.

Diagnostic Related Groups

The ICD-10 code R13.10 is grouped in the following groups for version MS-DRG V37.0 What are Diagnostic Related Groups?
The Diagnostic Related Groups (DRGs) are a patient classification scheme which provides a means of relating the type of patients a hospital treats. The DRGs divides all possible principal diagnoses into mutually exclusive principal diagnosis areas referred to as Major Diagnostic Categories (MDC).
applicable from 10/01/2019 through 09/30/2020.


Convert R13.10 to ICD-9

  • 787.20 - Dysphagia NOS (Approximate Flag)

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)
      • Aphagia and dysphagia (R13)

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

Swallowing Disorders

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 common in older adults. It often happens because of other conditions, including

  • Nervous system disorders, such as Parkinson's disease and cerebral palsy
  • Problems with your esophagus, including GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)
  • Stroke
  • Head or spinal cord injury
  • Cancer of the head, neck, or esophagus

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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