Non-specific code 2014 ICD-9-CM Diagnosis Code 787.6
Incontinence of feces
  • Non-Billable Code
  • There are 4 ICD-9-CM codes below 787.6 that define this diagnosis in greater detail. Do not use this code on a reimbursement claim.
Clinical Information
  • A disorder characterized by inability to control the escape of stool from the rectum.
  • Bowel incontinence is the inability to control your bowels. When you feel the urge to have a bowel movement, you may not be able to hold it until you get to a toilet. More than 5.5 million americans have bowel incontinence. It affects people of all ages - children and adults. It is more common in women and older adults, but it is not a normal part of aging.causes include
    • constipation
    • damage to muscles or nerves of the anus and rectum
    • diarrhea
    • pelvic support problems
    treatments include changes in diet, medicines, bowel training, or surgery. nih: national institute of diabetes and digestive and kidney diseases
  • Change in normal bowel habits characterized by involuntary passage of stool
  • Failure of control of the anal sphincters, with involuntary passage of feces and flatus; it may be either psychogenic or organic in origin.
  • Failure of voluntary control of the anal sphincters, with involuntary passage of feces and flatus.
  • Inability to control the escape of stool from the rectum.
  • Inability to hold stool in the rectum.
  • Involuntary defecation
  • Involuntary defecation.
787.6 Excludes
  • that of nonorganic origin (307.7)
Applies To
  • Encopresis NOS
  • Incontinence of sphincter ani
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