ICD-10-CM Code R36

Urethral discharge

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code No Valid Principal Dx

Not Valid for Submission

R36 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of urethral discharge. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:R36
Short Description:Urethral discharge
Long Description:Urethral discharge

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

  • R36.0 - Urethral discharge without blood
  • R36.1 - Hematospermia
  • R36.9 - ... unspecified

Code Classification

  • Symptoms, signs and abnormal clinical and laboratory findings, not elsewhere classified (R00–R99)
    • Symptoms and signs involving the genitourinary system (R30-R39)
      • Urethral discharge (R36)

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


Urethral Disorders

The urethra is the tube that allows urine to pass out of the body. In men, it's a long tube that runs through the penis. It also carries semen in men. In women, it's short and is just above the vagina. Urethral problems may happen due to aging, illness, or injury. They include

  • Urethral cancer - a rare cancer that happens more often in men
  • Urethral stricture - a narrowing of the opening of the urethra
  • Urethritis - inflammation of the urethra, sometimes caused by infection

Urethral problems may cause pain or difficulty passing urine. You may also have bleeding or discharge from the urethra.

Doctors diagnose urethral problems using different tests. These include urine tests, x-rays and an examination of the urethra with a scope called a cystoscope. Treatment depends on the cause of the problem. It may include medicines and, in severe cases, surgery.


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