Valid for Submission
J06.9 is a billable diagnosis code used to specify a medical diagnosis of acute upper respiratory infection, unspecified. The code J06.9 is valid during the fiscal year 2021 from October 01, 2020 through September 30, 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.
The ICD-10-CM code J06.9 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like acute respiratory disease, acute upper respiratory infection, bacterial upper respiratory infection, covid-19, cyst of nasal sinus , infection of mucous cyst of nasal sinus, etc.
The code is commonly used in family practice , internal medicine medical specialties to specify clinical concepts such as acute respiratory infections.
Unspecified diagnosis codes like J06.9 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.
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 J06.9:
Inclusion TermsInclusion Terms
These terms are the conditions for which that code is to be used. The terms may be synonyms of the code title, or, in the case of "other specified" codes, the terms are a list of the various conditions assigned to that code. The inclusion terms are not necessarily exhaustive. Additional terms found only in the Alphabetic Index may also be assigned to a code.
- Upper respiratory disease, acute
- Upper respiratory infection NOS
Use Additional CodeUse 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.
Index to Diseases and Injuries
The Index to Diseases and Injuries is an alphabetical listing of medical terms, with each term mapped to one or more ICD-10 code(s). The following references for the code J06.9 are found in the index:
- - Disease, diseased - See Also: Syndrome;
- - Infection, infected, infective (opportunistic) - B99.9
- - Inflammation, inflamed, inflammatory (with exudation)
- - respiratory, upper - See Also: Infection, respiratory, upper; - J06.9
- - Tracheopharyngitis (acute) - J06.9
The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:
- Acute respiratory disease
- Acute upper respiratory infection
- Bacterial upper respiratory infection
- Cyst of nasal sinus
- Infection of mucous cyst of nasal sinus
- Infection of upper respiratory tract caused by fungus
- Infection of upper respiratory tract caused by Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2
- Nasal sinus mucocele
- Recurrent upper respiratory tract infection
- Upper respiratory infection
- Viral respiratory infection
- Viral upper respiratory tract infection
Convert J06.9 to ICD-9 Code
The General Equivalency Mapping (GEM) crosswalk indicates an approximate mapping between the ICD-10 code J06.9 its ICD-9 equivalent. The approximate mapping means there is not an exact match between the ICD-10 code and the ICD-9 code and the mapped code is not a precise representation of the original code.
Information for Patients
Sneezing, sore throat, a stuffy nose, coughing - everyone knows the symptoms of the common cold. It is probably the most common illness. In the course of a year, people in the United States suffer 1 billion colds.
You can get a cold by touching your eyes or nose after you touch surfaces with cold germs on them. You can also inhale the germs. Symptoms usually begin 2 or 3 days after infection and last 2 to 14 days. Washing your hands and staying away from people with colds will help you avoid colds.
There is no cure for the common cold. But there are treatments that can make you feel better while you wait for the cold to go away on its own:
- Getting plenty of rest
- Drinking fluids
- Gargling with warm salt water
- Using cough drops or throat sprays
- Taking over-the-counter pain or cold medicines
However, do not give aspirin to children. And do not give cough medicine to children under four.
- Common cold (Medical Encyclopedia)
- Common cold - how to treat at home (Medical Encyclopedia)
- Stuffy or runny nose - adult (Medical Encyclopedia)
- Stuffy or runny nose - children (Medical Encyclopedia)