Specific code 2014 ICD-9-CM Diagnosis Code 781.1
Disturbances of sensation of smell and taste
  • Billable Code
  • Short description: Smell & taste disturb.
  • ICD-9-CM 781.1 will be replaced by an equivalent ICD-10-CM code (or codes) when the United States transitions from ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM on October 1, 2015.
  • ICD-9-CM 781.1 is a billable medical code that can be used to specify a diagnosis on a reimbursement claim.
Disease Synonyms
  • Abnormal taste in mouth
  • Abnormal unpleasant perception of strong scent
  • Agnosia for smell
  • Anosmia
  • Anosmia (loss of sense of smell)
  • Anterior tongue taste disorder
  • Complaining of anosmia
  • Complaining of loss of taste sense
  • Congenital anosmia
  • Diminished sense of smell
  • Disorder of olfactory system
  • Disorder of taste
  • Disorders of smell
  • Franklinic taste
  • Garlic taste
  • Glossopharyngeal taste disorder
  • Heightened olfactory perception
  • Heightened perception of taste
  • Loss of sense of smell
  • Loss of taste
  • Metallic taste
  • Mucosal anosmia
  • Neurologic unpleasant taste
  • On examination - anosmia
  • On examination - loss of touch sensation
  • On examination - smell abnormal
  • On examination - taste loss anterior 2/3 tongue
  • On examination - taste loss posterior 1/3 tongue
  • Primary acid taste disorder
  • Primary bitter taste disorder
  • Primary salt taste disorder
  • Primary sweet taste disorder
  • Primary taste disorder
  • Problem of sense of smell
  • Pseudogeusesthesia
  • Secondary acid taste disorder
  • Secondary bitter taste disorder
  • Secondary salt taste disorder
  • Secondary sweet taste disorder
  • Secondary taste disorder
  • Sense of smell altered
  • Sense of smell impaired
  • Sensitive to smells
  • Sensitivity to individual odor
  • Sensory disorder of smell
  • Sensory disorder of smell and/or taste
  • Sensory disorder of smell or taste
  • Sensory disorder, diminished sense of smell
  • Sensory disorder, taste sense altered
  • Taste of food lingers
  • Taste sense altered
  • Taste-blindness
  • Things smell different
  • Unusual smell in nose
Clinical Information
  • A bad taste in the mouth.
  • Abnormal appreciation of the taste of foodstuffs, can be related to decreased sense of smell.
  • Absence of the sense of smell.
  • Diminished ability to smell.
  • Diminished ability to taste.
  • Loss of the sense of smell.
  • Our senses of taste and smell give us great pleasure. Taste helps us enjoy food and beverages. Smell lets us enjoy the scents and fragrances like roses or coffee. Taste and smell also protect us, letting us know when food has gone bad or when there is a gas leak. They make us want to eat, ensuring we get the nutrition we need. People with taste disorders may taste things that aren't there, may not be able to tell the difference in tastes or can't taste at all. People with smell disorders may lose their sense of smell, or things may smell different. A smell they once enjoyed may now smell bad to them. Many illnesses and injuries can cause taste and smell disorders, including colds and head injuries. Some drugs can also affect taste and smell. Most people lose some ability to taste and smell as they get older. Treatment varies, depending on the problem and its cause. nih: national institute on deafness and other communication disorders
Applies To
  • Anosmia
  • Parageusia
  • Parosmia
Convert to ICD-10-CM: 781.1 converts approximately to:
  • 2014 ICD-10-CM R43.0 Anosmia
    Or:
  • 2014 ICD-10-CM R43.1 Parosmia
    Or:
  • 2014 ICD-10-CM R43.2 Parageusia
ICD-9-CM Volume 2 Index entries containing back-references to 781.1:
  • Ageusia (see also Disturbance, sensation) 781.1
  • Anesthesia, anesthetic 782.0
    • olfactory 781.1
  • Anosmia (see also Disturbance, sensation) 781.1
  • Anosphrasia 781.1
  • Disorder - see also Disease
    • sense of smell 781.1
  • Disturbance - see also Disease
    • olfactory nerve 781.1
    • sensation (cold) (heat) (localization) (tactile discrimination localization) (texture) (vibratory) NEC 782.0
  • Dysgeusia 781.1
  • Hyperosmia (see also Disturbance, sensation) 781.1
  • Loss
    • sense of
      • smell (see also Disturbance, sensation) 781.1
      • taste (see also Disturbance, sensation) 781.1
      • touch (see also Disturbance, sensation) 781.1
  • Merosmia 781.1
  • Parageusia 781.1
  • Parosmia 781.1
  • Perversion, perverted
    • sense of smell or taste 781.1
  • Sense loss (touch) (see also Disturbance, sensation) 782.0
    • smell 781.1
    • taste 781.1
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