ICD-10 Diagnosis Code J41

Simple and mucopurulent chronic bronchitis

Diagnosis Code J41

ICD-10: J41
Short Description: Simple and mucopurulent chronic bronchitis
Long Description: Simple and mucopurulent chronic bronchitis
This is the 2017 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code J41

Code Classification
  • Diseases of the respiratory system
    • Chronic lower respiratory diseases (J40-J47)
      • Simple and mucopurulent chronic bronchitis (J41)

Information for Patients

Chronic 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.

Chronic bronchitis is one type of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). The inflamed bronchial tubes produce a lot of mucus. This leads to coughing and difficulty breathing. Cigarette smoking is the most common cause. Breathing in air pollution, fumes, or dust over a long period of time may also cause it.

To diagnose chronic bronchitis, your doctor will look at your signs and symptoms and listen to your breathing. You may also have other tests.

Chronic bronchitis is a long-term condition that keeps coming back or never goes away completely. If you smoke, it is important to quit. Treatment can help with your symptoms. It often includes medicines to open your airways and help clear away mucus. You may also need oxygen therapy. Pulmonary rehabilitation may help you manage better in daily life.

NIH: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

  • How to breathe when you are short of breath
  • Traveling with breathing problems
  • Using oxygen at home

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