ICD-10 Diagnosis Code J44

Other chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Diagnosis Code J44

ICD-10: J44
Short Description: Other chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Long Description: Other chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
This is the 2017 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code J44

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Code Classification
  • Diseases of the respiratory system (J00–J99)
    • Chronic lower respiratory diseases (J40-J47)
      • Other chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (J44)

Information for Medical Professionals

Index of Diseases and Injuries
References found for the code J44 in the Index of Diseases and Injuries:

Information for Patients


COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) makes it hard for you to breathe. The two main types are chronic bronchitis and emphysema. The main cause of COPD is long-term exposure to substances that irritate and damage the lungs. This is usually cigarette smoke. Air pollution, chemical fumes, or dust can also cause it.

At first, COPD may cause no symptoms or only mild symptoms. As the disease gets worse, symptoms usually become more severe. They include

  • A cough that produces a lot of mucus
  • Shortness of breath, especially with physical activity
  • Wheezing
  • Chest tightness

Doctors use lung function tests, imaging tests, and blood tests to diagnose COPD. There is no cure. Treatments may relieve symptoms. They include medicines, oxygen therapy, surgery, or a lung transplant. Quitting smoking is the most important step you can take to treat COPD.

NIH: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

  • Blood gases
  • Breathing Better with a COPD Diagnosis - NIH (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease - adults - discharge
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease - control drugs
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease - quick-relief drugs
  • COPD -- how to use a nebulizer
  • COPD -- managing stress and your mood
  • COPD and other health problems
  • COPD flare-ups
  • COPD: Are You at Risk? - NIH (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)
  • Day to day with COPD
  • How to breathe when you are short of breath
  • Pulmonary function tests
  • Smoking and COPD
  • Using oxygen at home

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