ICD-9 Diagnosis Code 786.09

Respiratory abnorm NEC

Diagnosis Code 786.09

ICD-9: 786.09
Short Description: Respiratory abnorm NEC
Long Description: Other respiratory abnormalities
This is the 2014 version of the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code 786.09

Code Classification
  • Symptoms, signs, and ill-defined conditions (780–799)
    • Symptoms (780-789)
      • 786 Symptoms involving respiratory system and other chest symptoms

Information for Medical Professionals

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  • Abnormal airflow
  • Abnormal breath sounds
  • Abnormal distribution of ventilation
  • Abnormal respiratory rhythm
  • Acidotic hyperventilation
  • Acute hypoventilation
  • Adopts particular posture for breathing
  • Agonal respiration
  • Air hunger
  • Airway constriction
  • Alveolar hypoventilation
  • Apneusis
  • Ataxic respiration
  • Basal crepitations
  • Borg Breathlessness Score: 1 very slight
  • Borg Breathlessness Score: 10 maximal
  • Borg Breathlessness Score: 2 slight
  • Borg Breathlessness Score: 3 moderate
  • Borg Breathlessness Score: 4 somewhat severe
  • Borg Breathlessness Score: 5 severe
  • Borg Breathlessness Score: 6 severe
  • Borg Breathlessness Score: 7 very severe
  • Borg Breathlessness Score: 8 very severe
  • Borg Breathlessness Score: 9 very, very severe
  • Breathless - mild exertion
  • Breathless - moderate exertion
  • Breathless - strenuous exertion
  • Bronchial breathing
  • Cannot blow
  • Cannot breathe deeply enough
  • Catching breath
  • Central sleep apnea due to periodic breathing
  • Chest movement unequal
  • Choking during respiration
  • Chronic hypercapnia
  • Chronic hypoventilation
  • Chronic respiratory insufficiency
  • Cluster breathing
  • Crowing respiration
  • Death rattle
  • Decreased blood oxygen pressure
  • Decreased Bohr effect
  • Decreased breath sounds
  • Decreased oxygen affinity
  • Decreased peak expiratory flow rate
  • Decreased total lung capacity
  • Decreased vital capacity
  • Depth of breathing uneven
  • Depth of respiration varies
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Difficulty controlling breathing
  • Difficulty eating due to breathlessness
  • Difficulty expectorating
  • Difficulty huffing
  • Does not control breathing
  • Does not take deep breaths
  • Dyspnea
  • Dyspnea after eating
  • Dyspnea associated with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome
  • Dyspnea at rest
  • Dyspnea leaning over
  • Dyspnea on exertion
  • Dyspnea raising arms
  • Dyspnea, class I
  • Dyspnea, class II
  • Dyspnea, class III
  • Dyspnea, class IV
  • Excessively deep breathing
  • Expiratory dyspnea
  • Extreme obesity with alveolar hypoventilation
  • Fetal OR intrauterine hypercapnia, not clear if noted before OR after onset of labor in liveborn infant
  • Finding of yawning
  • Fish-mouthing
  • Forced vital capacity abnormal
  • Grunting respiration
  • Gurgling
  • Hissing respiration
  • Hypercapnia
  • Hypoventilation
  • Impaired gas exchange
  • Impaired spontaneous ventilation
  • Increased blood oxygen pressure
  • Increased forced expiratory volume
  • Increased functional residual capacity
  • Increasing breathlessness
  • Ineffective airway clearance
  • Ineffective breathing pattern
  • Inspiratory dyspnea
  • Irregular breathing
  • Kussmaul's respiration
  • Labored breathing
  • Lack of respiratory drive
  • Less than 60% of predicted peak expiratory flow rate
  • Less than 60% of predicted peak flow rate
  • Low-pitched rhonchi
  • Lung function mildly obstructed
  • Meningitic respiration
  • Neonatal hypoventilation
  • Nocturnal dyspnea
  • Obstructive ventilatory defect
  • On examination - air hunger
  • On examination - bronchial breathing
  • On examination - death rattle
  • On examination - dyspnea
  • On examination - respiratory distress
  • On examination - stertorous breathing
  • Paradoxical inspiratory filling of neck veins
  • Paroxysmal dyspnea
  • Paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea
  • Platypnea
  • Poor respiratory drive
  • Primary alveolar hypoventilation
  • Pulmonary hypertension associated with chronic underventilation
  • Pulmonary hypertension due to alveolar hypoventilation disorder
  • Pursed-lip breathing
  • Rattling breathing
  • Regional ventilation differences due to unequal bronchial pathway lengths
  • Regional ventilation differences due to unequal compliance
  • Regional ventilation differences due to unequal stress
  • Respiratory distress
  • Respiratory insufficiency
  • Respiratory murmur
  • Respiratory squeak
  • Respiratory tract paralysis
  • Shallow breathing
  • Slow respiration
  • Slow shallow breathing
  • Smothering
  • Snoring
  • Snoring symptoms
  • Sobbing respiration
  • Stertorous breathing
  • Stops breathing
  • Thoracic breathing
  • Transient respiratory distress with sepsis
  • Trepopnea
  • Unable to breathe
  • Unable to control breathing
  • Unable to cough
  • Unable to huff
  • Unable to take deep breaths
  • Visible respiratory effort
  • Whispering pectoriloquy
  • Whistling in nose
  • Whooping respiration
  • Winded
  • Yawning
  • Yawning absent

Index of Diseases and Injuries
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Information for Patients

Breathing Problems

When you're short of breath, it's hard or uncomfortable for you to take in the oxygen your body needs. You may feel as if you're not getting enough air. Sometimes mild breathing problems are from a stuffy nose or hard exercise. But shortness of breath can also be a sign of a serious disease.

Many conditions can make you feel short of breath. Lung conditions such as asthma, emphysema or pneumonia cause breathing difficulties. So can problems with your trachea or bronchi, which are part of your airway system. Heart disease can make you feel breathless if your heart cannot pump enough blood to supply oxygen to your body. Stress caused by anxiety can also make it hard for you to breathe. If you often have trouble breathing, it is important to find out the cause.

  • Blood gases
  • Breath sounds
  • Breathing difficulty
  • Breathing difficulty - lying down
  • Home apnea monitor use - infants
  • How to breathe when you are short of breath
  • How to Properly Put On, Take Off a Disposable Respirator (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • Obesity hypoventilation syndrome (OHS)
  • Palliative care - shortness of breath
  • Pulmonary function tests
  • Rapid shallow breathing
  • Stridor
  • Transient tachypnea - newborn
  • Traveling with breathing problems
  • Turbinate surgery
  • Wheezing

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Snoring is the sound you make when your breathing is blocked while you are asleep. The sound is caused by tissues at the top of your airway that strike each other and vibrate. Snoring is common, especially among older people and people who are overweight.

When severe, snoring can cause frequent awakenings at night and daytime sleepiness. It can disrupt your bed partner's sleep. Snoring can also be a sign of a serious sleep disorder called sleep apnea. You should see your health care provider if you are often tired during the day, don't feel that you sleep well, or wake up gasping.

To reduce snoring

  • Lose weight if you are overweight. It may help, but thin people can snore, too.
  • Cut down or avoid alcohol and other sedatives at bedtime
  • Don't sleep flat on your back

NIH: National Institute on Aging

  • Snoring
  • Snoring -- adults
  • Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP)

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