ICD-10-CM Code J04

Acute laryngitis and tracheitis

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

J04 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of acute laryngitis and tracheitis. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:J04
Short Description:Acute laryngitis and tracheitis
Long Description:Acute laryngitis and tracheitis

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

  • J04.0 - Acute laryngitis
  • J04.1 - Acute tracheitis
  • J04.10 - Acute tracheitis without obstruction
  • J04.11 - Acute tracheitis with obstruction
  • J04.2 - Acute laryngotracheitis
  • J04.3 - Supraglottitis, unspecified
  • J04.30 - Supraglottitis, unspecified, without obstruction
  • J04.31 - Supraglottitis, unspecified, with obstruction

Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries

The Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries is a list of ICD-10 codes, organized "head to toe" into chapters and sections with guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more. The following references are applicable to the code J04:

Use Additional Code

Use Additional Code
The “use additional code” indicates that a secondary code could be used to further specify the patient’s condition. This note is not mandatory and is only used if enough information is available to assign an additional code.

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.
  • acute obstructive laryngitis croup and epiglottitis J05

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.
  • laryngismus stridulus J38.5

Code Classification

  • Diseases of the respiratory system (J00–J99)
    • Acute upper respiratory infections (J00-J06)
      • Acute laryngitis and tracheitis (J04)

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

Information for Patients


Throat Disorders

Your throat is a tube that carries food to your esophagus and air to your windpipe and larynx. The technical name for your throat is the pharynx.

Throat problems are common. You've probably had a sore throat. The cause is usually a viral infection, but other causes include allergies, infection with strep bacteria or the leaking of stomach acids back up into the esophagus, called GERD.

Other problems that affect the throat include

  • Tonsillitis - inflammation of the tonsils
  • Cancer
  • Croup - inflammation, usually in small children, which causes a barking cough
  • Laryngitis - swelling of the voice box, which can cause a hoarse voice or loss of voice

Most throat problems are minor and go away on their own. Treatments, when needed, depend on the problem.


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