AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-9 - 2010 Issue 4; VOLUMES 1 & 2 NEW/REVISED CODES

Fecal Incontinence and Fecal Impaction

Effective October 1, 2010, subcategory 787.6, Incontinence of feces, has been expanded to create new codes for full incontinence of feces (787.60), incomplete defecation (787.61), fecal smearing (787.62) and fecal urgency (787.63). In addition, a new code has been created to uniquely describe fecal impaction (560.32) along with appropriate instructional notes that distinguish the new symptom codes from the codes for fecal impaction and constipation. Fecal incontinence can be caused by injury to one or both of the ring-like muscles at the end of the rectum called the anal internal and external sphincters...

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