ICD-9 Diagnosis Code V41.6

Problem w swallowing

Diagnosis Code V41.6

ICD-9: V41.6
Short Description: Problem w swallowing
Long Description: Problems with swallowing and mastication
This is the 2014 version of the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code V41.6

Code Classification
  • Supplementary classification of factors influencing health status and contact with health services (E)
    • Persons with a condition influencing their health status (V40-V49)
      • V41 Problems with special senses and other special functions

Information for Medical Professionals

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  • Chewing symptoms
  • Difficulty swallowing soft foods
  • Does not swallow soft foods
  • Does not swallow solids
  • Does swallow soft foods
  • Unable to swallow soft foods
  • Unable to swallow solids

Index of Diseases and Injuries
References found for the code V41.6 in the Index of Diseases and Injuries:

    • Problem (with) V49.9
      • mastication V41.6
      • swallowing V41.6

Information for Patients

Swallowing Disorders

Also called: Dysphagia

If you have a swallowing disorder, you may have difficulty or pain when swallowing. Some people cannot swallow at all. Others may have trouble swallowing liquids, foods, or saliva. This makes it hard to eat. Often, it can be difficult to take in enough calories and fluids to nourish your body.

Anyone can have a swallowing disorder, but it is more likely in the elderly. It often happens because of other conditions, including

  • Nervous system disorders, such as Parkinson's disease and cerebral palsy
  • Problems with your esophagus, including GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)
  • Stroke
  • Head or spinal cord injury
  • Cancer of the head, neck, or esophagus

Medicines can help some people, while others may need surgery. Swallowing treatment with a speech-language pathologist can help. You may find it helpful to change your diet or hold your head or neck in a certain way when you eat. In very serious cases, people may need feeding tubes.

NIH: National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

  • Esophageal manometry
  • Painful swallowing
  • Swallowing difficulty
  • Swallowing problems

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