icd 10 For ifficulty Swallowing Disease (Dysphagia)

January 27, 2017

Eating is one of the pleased things in life. But, how if you have a difficulty in eating and it does not come from appetite problem? Have you ever imagined how if you cannot swallow your food? There is a disease which characterized by difficulty in swallowing or pain when swallowing even cannot swallow at all. This disease called dysphagia. It will be difficult to take in enough calories to nourish your body because of the hardness of eating.

Dysphagia is listed in the International Classification of Diseases, tenth version (ICD-10). As we know, ICD-10 includes some codes for so many diseases. The code of ICD-10 dysphagia is R13.10. The diagnosis code of ICD-10 dysphagia is classified in the following code classification.

  • Symptoms, signs and abnormal clinical and laboratory findings (R00–R99)
  • Symptoms and signs involving the digestive system and abdomen (R10-R19)
  • Aphagia and dysphagia (R13)

Symptoms of Dysphagia

The symptoms of dysphagia are not same in each person. Some people may experience problem swallowing solid food and have no trouble with fluids. The other ones experience the opposite or even have trouble swallowing any substance including their own saliva. Besides, you may have some additional symptoms, including:

  • Pain when swallowing
  • Choking
  • Coughing or gagging when swallowing
  • Sore throat
  • Stomach acids
  • Burning sensastion behind the breastbone
  • Hoarseness
  • Feeling the food is stuck behind your breastbone
  • Weight loss
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Causes of Dysphagia

Dysphagia can happen if you have:

  • Certain problems with your nervous system, such as muscular dystrophy, post-polio syndrome or multiple sclerosis.
  • Had a brain of spinal cord injury or stroke.
  • Had an immune system problem that causes swelling and weakness such as polymyositis or dermatomyositis.
  • A dry mouth will make this disease worse. A dry mouth may caused by medicines or another health problem.

Common Triggers

Dysphagia may act up when you consume food and drinks that are common triggers for acid reflux. These food and drinks are:

  • Citrus fruits and juices
  • Alcohol
  • Chocolate
  • Caffeinated beverages
  • Peppermint
  • Tomato-based products
  • Fatty of fried foods

Treatment of Dysphagia

The treatment for dysphagia includes:

  • The first thing that you can do is change the food you eat. Consult it with your doctor. You would better eat small meals frequently instead of three large meals daily.
  • If you have something blocking your esophagus, you may need to do a surgery to remove it.
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