ICD-10 Diagnosis Code J20.5

Acute bronchitis due to respiratory syncytial virus

Diagnosis Code J20.5

ICD-10: J20.5
Short Description: Acute bronchitis due to respiratory syncytial virus
Long Description: Acute bronchitis due to respiratory syncytial virus
This is the 2017 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code J20.5

Code Classification
  • Diseases of the respiratory system
    • Other acute lower respiratory infections (J20-J22)
      • Acute bronchitis (J20)

Information for Medical Professionals

Diagnostic Related Groups
The diagnosis code J20.5 is grouped in the following Diagnostic Related Group(s) (MS-DRG v33.0)


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  • Acute respiratory syncytial virus bronchitis
  • Acute viral bronchitis
  • Disease caused by Pneumovirus
  • Disease caused by Pneumovirus
  • Inflammation of larynx caused by virus
  • Respiratory syncytial virus bronchitis
  • Respiratory syncytial virus infection
  • Respiratory syncytial virus infection
  • Respiratory syncytial virus laryngotracheobronchitis

Information for Patients

Acute Bronchitis

Bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchial tubes, the airways that carry air to your lungs. It causes a cough that often brings up mucus. It can also cause shortness of breath, wheezing, a low fever, and chest tightness. There are two main types of bronchitis: acute and chronic.

Most cases of acute bronchitis get better within several days. But your cough can last for several weeks after the infection is gone.

The same viruses that cause colds and the flu often cause acute bronchitis. These viruses spread through the air when people cough, or though physical contact (for example, on unwashed hands). Being exposed to tobacco smoke, air pollution, dusts, vapors, and fumes can also cause acute bronchitis. Less often, bacteria can also cause acute bronchitis.

To diagnose acute bronchitis, your health care provider will ask about your symptoms and listen to your breathing. You may also have other tests.

Treatments include rest, fluids, and aspirin (for adults) or acetaminophen to treat fever. A humidifier or steam can also help. You may need inhaled medicine to open your airways if you are wheezing. Antibiotics won't help if the cause is viral. You may get antibiotics if the cause is bacterial.

NIH: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

  • Bronchitis - acute
  • Postural drainage
  • Routine sputum culture

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Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infections

Also called: RSV

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) causes mild, cold-like symptoms in adults and older healthy children. It can cause serious problems in young babies, including pneumonia and severe breathing problems. Premature babies and those with other health problems have the highest risk. A child with RSV may have a fever, stuffy nose, cough, and trouble breathing. Lab tests can tell if your child has the virus. There is no specific treatment. You should give your child fluids to prevent dehydration. If needed, you can also give a pain reliever (not aspirin) for fever and headache.

RSV easily spreads from person to person. You can get it from direct contact with someone who has it or by touching infected objects such as toys or surfaces such as countertops. Washing your hands often and not sharing eating and drinking utensils are simple ways to help prevent the spread of RSV infection. There is currently no vaccine for RSV.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)
  • RSV antibody test

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