K56.4: Other impaction of intestine

Your intestines are obstructed.

The intestines are made up of the small intestine and the large intestine or colon. Most of the nutrients are absorbed in the small intestine. The large intestine (colon) is where water and salt are withdrawn from the stool. The last segment of the large intestine (colon) is the rectum. Stool then leaves the body through the anus.

The intestines are like a tube. There is a hollow space on the inside. The intestinal wall lies around this hollow space. For example, the intestines may be obstructed by a fecalith or gallstone. Fecaliths can develop when the feces becomes solid and is deposited in the intestines.

If the intestines are obstructed, you may have problems with your bowel movement. You may also have abdominal pain. It is possible that you will have to vomit.

Additional indicator

On medical documents, the ICD code is often appended by letters that indicate the diagnostic certainty or the affected side of the body.

  • G: Confirmed diagnosis
  • V: Tentative diagnosis
  • Z: Condition after
  • A: Excluded diagnosis
  • L: Left
  • R: Right
  • B: Both sides

Further information


This information is not intended for self-diagnosis and does not replace professional medical advice from a doctor. If you find an ICD code on a personal medical document, please also note the additional indicator used for diagnostic confidence.
Your doctor will assist you with any health-related questions and explain the ICD diagnosis code to you in a direct consultation if necessary.


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