R13.1: Dysphagia in tracheostomised patients requiring suction with (partially) blocked tracheostomy tube

You have swallowing difficulties.

You have to be artificially ventilated through a tube in the windpipe. This tracheal tube is in a tracheostoma. A tracheostoma is an additional opening in the windpipe (trachea). Air enters the lungs through the windpipe. A tracheostoma is artificially created via an operation.

Thanks to the tracheostoma, the windpipe has an outward connection. A tracheostoma can be created when you have great difficulties breathing through the upper respiratory tract. This can happen for instance when the upper respiratory tract is permanently narrowed by an injury or change. A tracheostoma is also inserted when you have been breathing artificially for a considerable time. This tracheal tube is also at the swallowing muscles, which is why you are not able to swallow easily. Mucus can accumulate in the oropharynx and throat area, which then has to be aspirated with an extra tube.

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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