AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS - 2016 Issue 4; ICD-10-CM NEW/REVISED CODES

Constipation

Codes K59.03, Drug induced constipation, and K59.04, Chronic idiopathic constipation, have been created to specify the cause of constipation. There are many causes for constipation. Lack of dietary fiber, lack of exercise, low water intake, medications, and neurologic, metabolic, and endocrine disorders are known to contribute to the development of constipation. Opioids affect the stomach and colon by altering nerve input to the GI tract. Constipation is managed through diet, stool softeners, bulk forming agents, stimulant and lubricant laxatives and enemas.  ...

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