ICD-10 Diagnosis Code J38.5

Laryngeal spasm

Diagnosis Code J38.5

ICD-10: J38.5
Short Description: Laryngeal spasm
Long Description: Laryngeal spasm
This is the 2018 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code J38.5

Valid for Submission
The code J38.5 is valid for submission for HIPAA-covered transactions.

Code Classification
  • Diseases of the respiratory system (J00–J99)
    • Other diseases of upper respiratory tract (J30-J39)
      • Diseases of vocal cords and larynx, not elsewhere classified (J38)

Information for Patients


Throat Disorders

Also called: Pharyngeal disorders

Your throat is a tube that carries food to your esophagus and air to your windpipe and larynx. The technical name for your throat is the pharynx.

Throat problems are common. You've probably had a sore throat. The cause is usually a viral infection, but other causes include allergies, infection with strep bacteria or the leaking of stomach acids back up into the esophagus, called GERD.

Other problems that affect the throat include

  • Tonsillitis - inflammation of the tonsils
  • Cancer
  • Croup - inflammation, usually in small children, which causes a barking cough
  • Laryngitis - swelling of the voice box, which can cause a hoarse voice or loss of voice

Most throat problems are minor and go away on their own. Treatments, when needed, depend on the problem.

  • Blockage of upper airway (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Epiglottitis (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Glossopharyngeal neuralgia (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Herpangina (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Laryngitis (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Laryngoscopy (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Retropharyngeal abscess (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Strep throat (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Throat swab culture (Medical Encyclopedia)


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