ICD-10 Diagnosis Code R06.02

Shortness of breath

Diagnosis Code R06.02

ICD-10: R06.02
Short Description: Shortness of breath
Long Description: Shortness of breath
This is the 2018 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code R06.02

Valid for Submission
The code R06.02 is valid for submission for HIPAA-covered transactions.

Code Classification
  • Symptoms, signs and abnormal clinical and laboratory findings, not elsewhere classified (R00–R99)
    • Symptoms and signs involving the circulatory and respiratory systems (R00-R09)
      • Abnormalities of breathing (R06)

Information for Medical Professionals

According to ICD-10-CM guidelines this code should not to be used as a principal diagnosis code when a related definitive diagnosis has been established.
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  • Dyspnea on exertion
  • Increasing breathlessness
  • Short of breath dressing/undressing
  • Unable to complete a sentence in one breath

Information for Patients

Breathing Problems

When you're short of breath, it's hard or uncomfortable for you to take in the oxygen your body needs. You may feel as if you're not getting enough air. Sometimes you can have mild breathing problems because of a stuffy nose or intense exercise. But shortness of breath can also be a sign of a serious disease.

Many conditions can make you feel short of breath:

  • Lung conditions such as asthma, emphysema, or pneumonia
  • Problems with your trachea or bronchi, which are part of your airway system
  • Heart disease can make you feel breathless if your heart cannot pump enough blood to supply oxygen to your body
  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Allergies

If you often have trouble breathing, it is important to find out the cause.

  • Blood gases (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Breath sounds (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Breathing difficulty (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Breathing difficulty - lying down (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • How to breathe when you are short of breath (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • How to Properly Put On, Take Off a Disposable Respirator (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • Pulmonary function tests (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Rapid shallow breathing (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Wheezing (Medical Encyclopedia)

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