ICD-10-CM Code R39.198

Other difficulties with micturition

Version 2020 Billable Code No Valid Principal Dx

Valid for Submission

R39.198 is a billable code used to specify a medical diagnosis of other difficulties with micturition. The code is valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. The ICD-10-CM code R39.198 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like abnormal urination, alteration in patterns of urinary elimination, automatic micturition, bladder pain, difficulty initiating bladder emptying, difficulty passing urine, 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:Other difficulties with micturition
Long Description:Other difficulties with micturition

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 R39.198 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 urination
  • Alteration in patterns of urinary elimination
  • Automatic micturition
  • Bladder pain
  • Difficulty initiating bladder emptying
  • Difficulty passing urine
  • Dysfunctional voiding
  • Dysfunctional voiding of urine
  • Finding of desire for urination
  • Finding of sensation of bladder
  • Finding related to ability to pass urine
  • Finding related to ability to pass urine
  • Has to make self urinate
  • Incomplete urination
  • Lack of desire for urination
  • Must adopt particular posture to urinate
  • O/E - automatic micturition
  • Painful bladder spasm
  • Painful urging to urinate
  • Spasm of bladder
  • Unable to urinate lying down
  • Unable to void urine

Diagnostic Related Groups

The ICD-10 code R39.198 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 R39.198 to ICD-9

  • 788.69 - Oth abnormalt urination (Approximate Flag)

Code Classification

  • Symptoms, signs and abnormal clinical and laboratory findings, not elsewhere classified (R00–R99)
    • Symptoms and signs involving the genitourinary system (R30-R39)
      • Oth and unsp symptoms and signs involving the GU sys (R39)

Code History

  • 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

Urine and Urination

Your kidneys make urine by filtering wastes and extra water from your blood. The waste is called urea. Your blood carries it to the kidneys. From the kidneys, urine travels down two thin tubes called ureters to the bladder. The bladder stores urine until you are ready to urinate. It swells into a round shape when it is full and gets smaller when empty. If your urinary system is healthy, your bladder can hold up to 16 ounces (2 cups) of urine comfortably for 2 to 5 hours.

You may have problems with urination if you have

  • Kidney failure
  • Urinary tract infections
  • An enlarged prostate
  • Bladder control problems like incontinence, overactive bladder, or interstitial cystitis
  • A blockage that prevents you from emptying your bladder

Some conditions may also cause you to have blood or protein in your urine. If you have a urinary problem, see your health care provider. Urinalysis and other urine tests can help to diagnose the problem. Treatment depends on the cause.

NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

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