Version 2024
No Valid Principal Dx

2024 ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code R44.8

Other symptoms and signs involving general sensations and perceptions

ICD-10-CM Code:
ICD-10 Code for:
Oth symptoms and signs w general sensations and perceptions
Is Billable?
Yes - Valid for Submission
Chronic Condition Indicator: [1]
Not chronic
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Code Classification

  • Symptoms, signs and abnormal clinical and laboratory findings, not elsewhere classified
    • Symptoms and signs involving cognition, perception, emotional state and behavior
      • Other symptoms and signs involving general sensations and perceptions

R44.8 is a billable diagnosis code used to specify a medical diagnosis of other symptoms and signs involving general sensations and perceptions. The code is valid during the current fiscal year for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions from October 01, 2023 through September 30, 2024.

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.

Approximate Synonyms

The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:

  • Abnormal ability to hear voice
  • Abnormal perception
  • Abnormal perception
  • Abnormal response to sound
  • Absence of postural sense
  • Absence of tickle sensation
  • Absence of vibration sense of left foot
  • Absence of vibration sense of right foot
  • Absence of vibratory sense
  • Absent body position sense
  • Altered perception
  • Amorphosynthesis
  • Attempts to promote omnipotence
  • Attempts to show superiority
  • Aura
  • Boasting
  • Changed perception of people
  • Changed perception of things
  • Changed perception of time
  • Cognitive perceptual pattern
  • Cognitive perceptual pattern
  • Decreased vibratory sense
  • Déjà entendu
  • Déjà pensé
  • Déjà vu
  • Depersonalization
  • Depersonalization
  • Derealization
  • Derealization
  • Difficulty hearing high frequency sounds
  • Distressed by loud noise
  • Disturbance of perception associated with conversion and dissociative phenomenon
  • Disturbed sensory perception
  • Dream disorder
  • Ear feels full of water
  • Eidetic images
  • Excessive self-esteem
  • Experiential sensory symptoms
  • Extrasensory perception
  • False perception
  • Feeling of cotton wool in ear
  • Feelings of superiority
  • Feels dreams are real
  • Finding of body position sensation
  • Finding of body position sensation
  • Finding of pain tolerance
  • Finding of pain tolerance
  • Finding of pain tolerance
  • Finding of sensation of ear canal
  • Finding of sensation of ear canal
  • Finding related to ability to recognize parts of own body
  • Heightened auditory perception
  • Heightened olfactory perception
  • Heightened perception
  • Heightened perception of taste
  • Heightened tactile perception
  • Heightened visual perception
  • High tolerance of pain
  • Hypoesthesia of special senses
  • Hypoglycemia due to type 1 diabetes mellitus
  • Hypoglycemia due to type 2 diabetes mellitus
  • Hypoglycemia unawareness due to type 2 diabetes mellitus
  • Hypoglycemic unawareness due to type 1 diabetes mellitus
  • Impaired body position sense
  • Inadequate analgesia
  • Indifference to pain
  • Jamais vu
  • Kinesthetic alteration
  • Loss of confidence
  • Loss of hypoglycemic warning due to diabetes mellitus
  • Loss of hypoglycemic warning due to diabetes mellitus
  • Loss of identity
  • Low tolerance of pain
  • Named sensory sign
  • No response to sound
  • Noise intolerance
  • Objects seem unreal
  • Oral hypoesthesia
  • Out of body experience
  • Own reflection in mirror seems unreal
  • Pain tolerance level finding
  • Pain tolerance level finding
  • Patterns appear interesting
  • Patterns appear intricately detailed
  • People seem to be actors in a film
  • Perception of things changing shape
  • Perception that things appear colorless
  • Perception that things appear flat
  • Perception that things appear gray
  • Response to high frequency sounds - finding
  • Role playing
  • Self-aggrandisement
  • Self-aggrandisement
  • Self-aggrandisement
  • Self-aggrandisement
  • Self-dramatization
  • Sensation
  • Sensation as if period due
  • Sensation of a lesion
  • Sensation of falling
  • Sensation of floating
  • Sensation of movement
  • Sensation of swelling
  • Sense of identity finding
  • Sense of personal capacity
  • Sensitive hearing
  • Sensory denervation
  • Sensory discomfort
  • Sensory extinction
  • Sensory integration disorder
  • Sensory intolerance
  • Sensory suppression
  • Sensory symptoms
  • Sensory symptoms
  • Sensory symptoms
  • Sensory symptoms
  • Sensory-perceptual alteration: input excess
  • Sounds are very loud
  • Sounds seem unnaturally clear
  • Spinal nerve sensory loss
  • Synesthesialgia
  • Tactile alteration
  • Things appear vividly colored
  • Tightness in arm
  • Tightness sensation
  • Time seems to go unnaturally fast
  • Time seems to go very slowly
  • Tissue sensitivity
  • Uncompensated sensory deficit

Clinical Classification

Clinical Information

  • Globus Sensation

    a feeling of a lump in the throat that occurs between meals in the absence of other gastrointestinal and motility disorders (e.g., dysphagia; gastroesophageal reflux).
  • Hyperalgesia

    an increased sensation of pain or discomfort produced by minimally noxious stimuli due to damage to soft tissue containing nociceptors or injury to a peripheral nerve.
  • Hyperesthesia

    increased sensitivity to cutaneous stimulation due to a diminished threshold or an increased response to stimuli.
  • Hypesthesia

    absent or reduced sensitivity to cutaneous stimulation.
  • Phantom Limb

    perception of painful and nonpainful phantom sensations that occur following the complete or partial loss of a limb. the majority of individuals with an amputated extremity will experience the impression that the limb is still present, and in many cases, painful. (from neurol clin 1998 nov;16(4):919-36; brain 1998 sep;121(pt 9):1603-30)
  • Sensation

    the process in which specialized sensory receptor cells transduce peripheral stimuli (physical or chemical) into nerve impulses which are then transmitted to the various sensory centers in the central nervous system.
  • Sensation Disorders

    disorders of the special senses (i.e., vision; hearing; taste; and smell) or somatosensory system (i.e., afferent components of the peripheral nervous system).
  • Somatosensory Disorders

    disorders of sensory information received from superficial and deep regions of the body. the somatosensory system conveys neural impulses which pertain to proprioception, tactile sensation, thermal sensation, pressure sensation, and pain. peripheral nervous system diseases; spinal cord diseases; and brain diseases may be associated with impaired or abnormal somatic sensation.
  • Vertigo

    an illusion of movement, either of the external world revolving around the individual or of the individual revolving in space. vertigo may be associated with disorders of the inner ear (ear, inner); vestibular nerve; brainstem; or cerebral cortex. lesions in the temporal lobe and parietal lobe may be associated with focal seizures that may feature vertigo as an ictal manifestation. (from adams et al., principles of neurology, 6th ed, pp300-1)
  • Role Playing

    the adopting or performing the role of another significant individual in order to gain insight into the behavior of that person.
  • Depersonalization

    state in which an individual perceives or experiences a sensation of unreality concerning the self or the environment; it is seen in disorders such as schizophrenia, affection disorders, organic mental disorders, and personality disorders. (apa, thesaurus of psychological index terms, 8th ed.)
  • Nociceptors

    peripheral afferent neurons which are sensitive to injuries or pain, usually caused by extreme thermal exposures, mechanical forces, or other noxious stimuli. their cell bodies reside in the dorsal root ganglia. their peripheral terminals (nerve endings) innervate target tissues and transduce noxious stimuli via axons to the central nervous system.
  • CAPS DSM-5 With DSM IV Scoring 2016 Version - Derealization|CAP01-Derealization|CAP01-Derealization|CAP0130

    clinician-administered ptsd scale (current) dsm-5 with dsm iv scoring 2016 version (caps dsm-5 with dsm iv scoring 2016 version) dsm-5 scoring: derealization: persistent or recurrent experiences of unreality of surroundings (e.g., the world around the individual is experienced as unreal, dreamlike, distant, or distorted).
  • Derealization

    a feeling of altered reality characterized by a feeling of unreality, or being unreal.
  • HAMD 24 - Depersonalization and Derealisation|HAMD3-Depersonalization/Derealization|HAMD3-Depersonalization/Derealization|HAMD319

    hamilton depression rating scale-24 item (hamd 24) depersonalization and derealisation.
  • HAMD-21 - Depersonalization and Derealization|HAMD2-Depersonalization/Derealization|HAMD2-Depersonalization/Derealization|HAMD219

    hamilton depression rating scale 21 item (hamd-21) depersonalization and derealization; such as feelings of unreality, nihilistic ideas.

Index to Diseases and Injuries References

The following annotation back-references for this diagnosis code are found in the injuries and diseases index. The Index to Diseases and Injuries is an alphabetical listing of medical terms, with each term mapped to one or more ICD-10-CM code(s).

Convert R44.8 to ICD-9-CM

  • ICD-9-CM Code: 799.89 - Ill-define condition NEC
    Approximate Flag - The approximate mapping means there is not an exact match between the ICD-10 and ICD-9 codes and the mapped code is not a precise representation of the original code.

Patient Education

Psychotic Disorders

Psychotic disorders are severe mental disorders that cause abnormal thinking and perceptions. People with psychoses lose touch with reality. Two of the main symptoms are delusions and hallucinations. Delusions are false beliefs, such as thinking that someone is plotting against you or that the TV is sending you secret messages. Hallucinations are false perceptions, such as hearing, seeing, or feeling something that is not there.

Schizophrenia is one type of psychotic disorder. People with bipolar disorder may also have psychotic symptoms. Other problems that can cause psychosis include alcohol and some drugs, brain tumors, brain infections, and stroke.

Treatment depends on the cause of the psychosis. It might involve drugs to control symptoms and talk therapy. Hospitalization is an option for serious cases where a person might be dangerous to himself or others.

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Code History

  • FY 2024 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2023 through 9/30/2024
  • FY 2023 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2022 through 9/30/2023
  • FY 2022 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2021 through 9/30/2022
  • 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. This was the first year ICD-10-CM was implemented into the HIPAA code set.


[1] Not chronic - A diagnosis code that does not fit the criteria for chronic condition (duration, ongoing medical treatment, and limitations) is considered not chronic. Some codes designated as not chronic are acute conditions. Other diagnosis codes that indicate a possible chronic condition, but for which the duration of the illness is not specified in the code description (i.e., we do not know the condition has lasted 12 months or longer) also are considered not chronic.