2021 ICD-10-CM Code J04.3

Supraglottitis, unspecified

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

J04.3 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of supraglottitis, unspecified. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2021 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.

Unspecified diagnosis codes like J04.3 are acceptable when clinical information is unknown or not available about a particular condition. Although a more specific code is preferable, unspecified codes should be used when such codes most accurately reflect what is known about a patient's condition. Specific diagnosis codes should not be used if not supported by the patient's medical record.

ICD-10:J04.3
Short Description:Supraglottitis, unspecified
Long Description:Supraglottitis, unspecified

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Supraglottitis, unspecified

Non-specific codes like J04.3 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 supraglottitis, unspecified:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use J04.30 for Supraglottitis, unspecified, without obstruction
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use J04.31 for Supraglottitis, unspecified, with obstruction

Clinical Information

Information for Patients


Throat Disorders

Also called: Pharyngeal 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

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


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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)