ICD-10-CM Code J04.3

Supraglottitis, unspecified

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

J04.3 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of supraglottitis, unspecified. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

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

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

  • J04.30 - ... without obstruction
  • J04.31 - ... with obstruction

Clinical Information

  • SUPRAGLOTTITIS-. inflammation of the epiglottis and supraglottic structures including the pharynx; uvula; base of tongue; and aryepiglottic folds. it is usually caused by haemophilus influenzae in children but often by different organisms in adults.

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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