2022 ICD-10-CM Code H04.31

Phlegmonous dacryocystitis

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

ICD-10:H04.31
Short Description:Phlegmonous dacryocystitis
Long Description:Phlegmonous dacryocystitis

Code Classification

  • Diseases of the eye and adnexa (H00–H59)
    • Disorders of eyelid, lacrimal system and orbit (H00-H05)
      • Disorders of lacrimal system (H04)

H04.31 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of phlegmonous dacryocystitis. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2022 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. Category or Header define the heading of a category of codes that may be further subdivided by the use of 4th, 5th, 6th or 7th characters.

Specific Coding for Phlegmonous dacryocystitis

Non-specific codes like H04.31 require more digits to indicate the appropriate level of specificity. Consider using any of the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity when coding for phlegmonous dacryocystitis:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H04.311 for Phlegmonous dacryocystitis of right lacrimal passage
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H04.312 for Phlegmonous dacryocystitis of left lacrimal passage
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H04.313 for Phlegmonous dacryocystitis of bilateral lacrimal passages
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H04.319 for Phlegmonous dacryocystitis of unspecified lacrimal passage

Index to Diseases and Injuries

The Index to Diseases and Injuries is an alphabetical listing of medical terms, with each term mapped to one or more ICD-10 code(s). The following references for the code H04.31 are found in the index:

Information for Patients


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Code History

  • FY 2021 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2020 through 9/30/2021
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016 (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)