J01 - Acute sinusitis

Version 2023
Short Description:Acute sinusitis
Long Description:Acute sinusitis
Status: Not Valid for Submission
Version:ICD-10-CM 2023
Code Classification:
  • Diseases of the respiratory system (J00–J99)
    • Acute upper respiratory infections (J00-J06)
      • Acute sinusitis (J01)

J01 is a non-specific and non-billable ICD-10 code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of acute sinusitis. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2023 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.

Clinical Information

Specific Coding for Acute sinusitis

Non-specific codes like J01 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 acute sinusitis:

  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - J01.0 for Acute maxillary sinusitis
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use J01.00 for Acute maxillary sinusitis, unspecified
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use J01.01 for Acute recurrent maxillary sinusitis
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - J01.1 for Acute frontal sinusitis
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use J01.10 for Acute frontal sinusitis, unspecified
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use J01.11 for Acute recurrent frontal sinusitis
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - J01.2 for Acute ethmoidal sinusitis
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use J01.20 for Acute ethmoidal sinusitis, unspecified
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use J01.21 for Acute recurrent ethmoidal sinusitis
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - J01.3 for Acute sphenoidal sinusitis
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use J01.30 for Acute sphenoidal sinusitis, unspecified
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use J01.31 for Acute recurrent sphenoidal sinusitis
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - J01.4 for Acute pansinusitis
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use J01.40 for Acute pansinusitis, unspecified
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use J01.41 for Acute recurrent pansinusitis
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - J01.8 for Other acute sinusitis
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use J01.80 for Other acute sinusitis
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use J01.81 for Other acute recurrent sinusitis
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - J01.9 for Acute sinusitis, unspecified
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use J01.90 for Acute sinusitis, unspecified
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use J01.91 for Acute recurrent sinusitis, unspecified

Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries

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Type 1 Excludes

Type 1 Excludes
A type 1 excludes note is a pure excludes note. It means "NOT CODED HERE!" An Excludes1 note indicates that the code excluded should never be used at the same time as the code above the Excludes1 note. An Excludes1 is used when two conditions cannot occur together, such as a congenital form versus an acquired form of the same condition.

Type 2 Excludes

Type 2 Excludes
A type 2 excludes note represents "Not included here". An excludes2 note indicates that the condition excluded is not part of the condition represented by the code, but a patient may have both conditions at the same time. When an Excludes2 note appears under a code, it is acceptable to use both the code and the excluded code together, when appropriate.

Patient Education


Sinusitis means your sinuses are inflamed. The cause can be an infection or another problem. Your sinuses are hollow air spaces within the bones surrounding the nose. They produce mucus, which drains into the nose. If your nose is swollen, this can block the sinuses and cause pain.

There are several types of sinusitis, including:

Acute sinusitis often starts as a cold, which then turns into a bacterial infection. Allergies, nasal problems, and certain diseases can also cause acute and chronic sinusitis.

Symptoms of sinusitis can include fever, weakness, fatigue, cough, and congestion. There may also be mucus drainage in the back of the throat, called postnasal drip. Your health care professional diagnoses sinusitis based on your symptoms and an examination of your nose and face. You may also need imaging tests. Treatments include antibiotics, decongestants, and pain relievers. Using heat pads on the inflamed area, saline nasal sprays, and vaporizers can also help.

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