2021 ICD-10-CM Code J05

Acute obstructive laryngitis [croup] and epiglottitis

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

J05 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of acute obstructive laryngitis [croup] and epiglottitis. 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.

ICD-10:J05
Short Description:Acute obstructive laryngitis [croup] and epiglottitis
Long Description:Acute obstructive laryngitis [croup] and epiglottitis

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Acute obstructive laryngitis [croup] and epiglottitis

Non-specific codes like J05 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 obstructive laryngitis [croup] and epiglottitis:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use J05.0 for Acute obstructive laryngitis [croup]
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - J05.1 for Acute epiglottitis
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use J05.10 for Acute epiglottitis without obstruction
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use J05.11 for Acute epiglottitis with obstruction

Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries

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Information for Patients


Croup

Also called: Spasmodic croup, Viral croup

Croup is an inflammation of the vocal cords (larynx) and windpipe (trachea). It causes difficulty breathing, a barking cough, and a hoarse voice. The cause is usually a virus, often parainfluenza virus. Other causes include allergies and reflux.

Croup often starts out like a cold. But then the vocal cords and windpipe become swollen, causing the hoarseness and the cough. There may also be a fever and high-pitched noisy sounds when breathing. The symptoms are usually worse at night, and last for about three to five days.Children between the ages of 6 months and 3 years have the highest risk of getting croup. They may also have more severe symptoms. Croup is more common in the fall and winter.

Most cases of viral croup are mild and can be treated at home. Rarely, croup can become serious and interfere with your child's breathing. If you are worried about your child's breathing, call your health care provider right away.


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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)