ICD-10-CM Code R44.9

Unspecified symptoms and signs involving general sensations and perceptions

Version 2020 Billable Code No Valid Principal Dx

Valid for Submission

R44.9 is a billable code used to specify a medical diagnosis of unspecified symptoms and signs involving general sensations and perceptions. The code is valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. The ICD-10-CM code R44.9 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like abnormal perception, abnormal sensation, disturbed sensory perception, hearing change, hearing improved, hearing symptoms, 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.

ICD-10:R44.9
Short Description:Unsp symptoms and signs w general sensations and perceptions
Long Description:Unspecified symptoms and signs involving general sensations and perceptions

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 R44.9 are found in the index:


Synonyms

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

  • Abnormal perception
  • Abnormal sensation
  • Disturbed sensory perception
  • Hearing change
  • Hearing improved
  • Hearing symptoms
  • Hearing unchanged
  • Hysterical simulation of disease
  • Limited sensory perception
  • Perception AND/OR perception disturbance
  • Sensation
  • Sensory distortion
  • Sensory symptoms
  • Simulation of physical illness
  • Unilateral sensory loss of face and trunk, opposite sides

Convert R44.9 to ICD-9

  • 799.89 - Ill-define condition NEC (Approximate Flag)

Code Classification

  • Symptoms, signs and abnormal clinical and laboratory findings, not elsewhere classified (R00–R99)
    • Symptoms and signs involving cognition, perception, emotional state and behavior (R40-R46)
      • Oth symptoms and signs w general sensations and perceptions (R44)

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


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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