Specific code 2014 ICD-9-CM Diagnosis Code 786.05
Shortness of breath
  • Billable Code
  • ICD-9-CM 786.05 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 786.05 is a billable medical code that can be used to specify a diagnosis on a reimbursement claim.
Disease Synonyms
  • Dyspnea
Clinical Information
  • A disorder characterized by an uncomfortable sensation of difficulty breathing.
  • An uncomfortable sensation of difficulty breathing. It may present as an acute or chronic sign of an underlying respiratory or heart disorder.
  • Difficult or labored breathing.
  • Difficult, painful breathing or shortness of breath.
  • Difficulty in breathing which may or may not have an organic cause.
  • Labored or difficult breathing associated with a variety of disorders, indicating inadequate ventilation or low blood oxygen or a subjective experience of breathing discomfort.
Convert to ICD-10-CM: 786.05 converts directly to:
  • 2014 ICD-10-CM R06.02 Shortness of breath
ICD-9-CM Volume 2 Index entries containing back-references to 786.05:
  • Breath
    • shortness 786.05
  • Short, shortening, shortness
    • breath 786.05
ICD-9-CM codes are used in medical billing and coding to describe diseases, injuries, symptoms and conditions. ICD-9-CM 786.05 is one of thousands of ICD-9-CM codes used in healthcare. Although ICD-9-CM and CPT codes are largely numeric, they differ in that CPT codes describe medical procedures and services. Can't find a code? Start at the root of ICD-9-CM, check the 2014 ICD-9-CM Index or use the search engine at the top of this page to lookup any code.