ICD-10 Diagnosis Code R19.5

Other fecal abnormalities

Diagnosis Code R19.5

ICD-10: R19.5
Short Description: Other fecal abnormalities
Long Description: Other fecal abnormalities
This is the 2019 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code R19.5

Valid for Submission
The code R19.5 is valid for submission for HIPAA-covered transactions.

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)
      • Oth symptoms and signs involving the dgstv sys and abdomen (R19)
Version 2019 Billable Code

Information for Medical Professionals

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.

Diagnostic Related Groups
The diagnosis code R19.5 is grouped in the following Diagnostic Related Group(s) (MS-DRG V35.0)


Convert to ICD-9
  • 787.7 - Abnormal feces (Approximate Flag)
  • 792.1 - Abn find-stool contents (Approximate Flag)

  • Abnormal composition of feces
  • Abnormal consistency of stool
  • Abnormal feces
  • Acholic stool
  • Amount of mucus in stool abnormal
  • Black feces
  • Black feces symptom
  • Breast milk stool
  • Bright red feces
  • Bulky stool
  • Change in stool caliber
  • Change in stool consistency
  • Creamy stool
  • Dark red feces
  • Dark stools
  • Decreased stool caliber
  • Dry stool
  • Fatty stool
  • Fecal fat excessive
  • Fecal fat level - finding
  • Fecal occult blood: positive
  • Fecal occult blood: trace
  • Fecal reducing subs. abnormal
  • Fecal starch - finding
  • Fecal starch granules excess
  • Feces color: green
  • Feces color: meconium
  • Feces color: tarry
  • Feces color: yellow
  • Feces contents abnormal
  • Feces examination: cells
  • Feces examination: growth
  • Feces odor finding
  • Feces odor finding
  • Feces odor: musty
  • Feces odor: offensive
  • Feces quantity bulky
  • Feces quantity finding
  • Feces quantity finding
  • Feces quantity finding
  • Feces quantity sparse
  • Feces/motions - symptoms
  • Feces: abnormal constituents
  • Feces: foreign constituents - finding
  • Feces: foreign constituents - finding
  • Feces: fresh blood present
  • Feces: gallstones present
  • Feces: polyps present
  • Feces: undigested meat fibers
  • Finding of measures of stool
  • Finding of odor of stool
  • Floating feces
  • Floating feces symptom
  • Food in stool
  • Frothy stool
  • Gastrointestinal symptom
  • Hard stool
  • Hematochezia
  • Hematochezia
  • Increased feces output
  • Lactose present in stool specimen by chromatography
  • Large stool
  • Liquid stool
  • Loose stool
  • Mucus in stool
  • Occult blood in stools
  • Odor of specimen - finding
  • Odor of specimen - finding
  • Offensive feces
  • Offensive feces symptom
  • Orange feces
  • Ova in feces
  • Pale feces
  • Pale feces symptom
  • Passage of rice water stools
  • Pus in stool
  • Red currant jelly stool
  • Red stools
  • Red-streaked feces
  • Seedy stool
  • Size of stool - finding
  • Size of stool - finding
  • Size of stool - finding
  • Size of stool - finding
  • Small stool
  • Soft stool
  • Starvation stool
  • Stool buoyancy
  • Stool color abnormal
  • Stool flecked with blood
  • Stool like rabbit's
  • Sugar chromatography pattern - finding
  • Sugar chromatography pattern - finding
  • Trisaccharide present in stool specimen by chromatography
  • Worms in feces symptom
  • Worms in stool

Index to Diseases and Injuries
References found for the code R19.5 in the Index to Diseases and Injuries:

Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries
References found for the code R19.5 in the Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries:

  • Inclusion Terms:
    • Abnormal stool color
    • Bulky stools
    • Mucus in stools
    • Occult blood in feces
    • Occult blood in stools
  • Type 1 Excludes Notes:
    • melena (K92.1)
    • neonatal melena (P54.1)

Information for Patients

Bowel Movement

Also called: BM, Feces, Poop, Stool

A bowel movement is the last stop in the movement of food through your digestive tract. Your stool passes out of your body through the rectum and anus. Another name for stool is feces. It is made of what is left after your digestive system (stomach, small intestine, and colon) absorbs nutrients and fluids from what you eat and drink.

Sometimes a bowel movement isn't normal. Diarrhea happens when stool passes through the large intestine too quickly. Constipation occurs when stool passes through the large intestine too slowly. Bowel incontinence is a problem controlling your bowel movements. Other abnormalities with bowel movements may be a sign of a digestive problem.

NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

  • Bloody or tarry stools (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Daily bowel care program (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • External incontinence devices (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Fecal culture (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Fecal smear (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Stool guaiac test (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Stools - floating (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Stools - foul smelling (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Stools - pale or clay-colored (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Tenesmus (Medical Encyclopedia)

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ICD-10 Footnotes

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