ICD-10-CM Code H04.4

Chronic inflammation of lacrimal passages

Version 2021 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

H04.4 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of chronic inflammation of lacrimal passages. The code is NOT valid for the year 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

Short Description:Chronic inflammation of lacrimal passages
Long Description:Chronic inflammation of lacrimal passages

Consider the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity:

  • H04.41 - Chronic dacryocystitis
  • H04.411 - Chronic dacryocystitis of right lacrimal passage
  • H04.412 - Chronic dacryocystitis of left lacrimal passage
  • H04.413 - Chronic dacryocystitis of bilateral lacrimal passages
  • H04.419 - Chronic dacryocystitis of unspecified lacrimal passage
  • H04.42 - Chronic lacrimal canaliculitis
  • H04.421 - Chronic lacrimal canaliculitis of right lacrimal passage
  • H04.422 - Chronic lacrimal canaliculitis of left lacrimal passage
  • H04.423 - Chronic lacrimal canaliculitis of bilateral lacrimal passages
  • H04.429 - Chronic lacrimal canaliculitis of unspecified lacrimal passage
  • H04.43 - Chronic lacrimal mucocele
  • H04.431 - Chronic lacrimal mucocele of right lacrimal passage
  • H04.432 - Chronic lacrimal mucocele of left lacrimal passage
  • H04.433 - Chronic lacrimal mucocele of bilateral lacrimal passages
  • H04.439 - Chronic lacrimal mucocele of unspecified lacrimal passage

Code Classification

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

Code History

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

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