ICD-10-CM Code R53

Malaise and fatigue

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code No Valid Principal Dx

Not Valid for Submission

R53 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of malaise and fatigue. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:R53
Short Description:Malaise and fatigue
Long Description:Malaise and fatigue

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

  • R53.0 - Neoplastic (malignant) related fatigue
  • R53.1 - Weakness
  • R53.2 - Functional quadriplegia
  • R53.8 - Other malaise and fatigue
  • R53.81 - Other malaise
  • R53.82 - Chronic fatigue, unspecified
  • R53.83 - Other fatigue

Code Classification

  • Symptoms, signs and abnormal clinical and laboratory findings, not elsewhere classified (R00–R99)
    • General symptoms and signs (R50-R69)
      • Malaise and fatigue (R53)

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


Fatigue

Everyone feels tired now and then. Sometimes you may just want to stay in bed. But, after a good night's sleep, most people feel refreshed and ready to face a new day. If you continue to feel tired for weeks, it's time to see your doctor. He or she may be able to help you find out what's causing your fatigue and recommend ways to relieve it.

Fatigue itself is not a disease. Medical problems, treatments, and personal habits can add to fatigue. These include

  • Taking certain medicines, such as antidepressants, antihistamines, and medicines for nausea and pain
  • Having medical treatments, like chemotherapy and radiation
  • Recovering from major surgery
  • Anxiety, stress, or depression
  • Staying up too late
  • Drinking too much alcohol or too many caffeinated drinks
  • Pregnancy

One disorder that causes extreme fatigue is chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). This fatigue is not the kind of tired feeling that goes away after you rest. Instead, it lasts a long time and limits your ability to do ordinary daily activities.

NIH: National Institute on Aging


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