Valid for Submission
J20.5 is a billable diagnosis code used to specify a medical diagnosis of acute bronchitis due to respiratory syncytial virus. The code J20.5 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 J20.5 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like acute respiratory syncytial virus bronchitis, acute viral bronchitis, laryngotracheobronchitis, respiratory syncytial virus bronchitis, respiratory syncytial virus infection , respiratory syncytial virus laryngotracheobronchitis, etc.
The code is commonly used in family practice, internal medicine , pediatrics medical specialties to specify clinical concepts such as acute respiratory infections.
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 J20.5:
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.
- Acute bronchitis due to RSV
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 J20.5 are found in the index:
- - Bronchitis (diffuse) (fibrinous) (hypostatic) (infective) (membranous) - J40
The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:
- Acute respiratory syncytial virus bronchitis
- Acute viral bronchitis
- Respiratory syncytial virus bronchitis
- Respiratory syncytial virus infection
- Respiratory syncytial virus laryngotracheobronchitis
- Viral laryngitis
- Viral tracheitis
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Information for Patients
Bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchial tubes, the airways that carry air to your lungs. It causes a cough that often brings up mucus. It can also cause shortness of breath, wheezing, a low fever, and chest tightness. There are two main types of bronchitis: acute and chronic.
Most cases of acute bronchitis get better within several days. But your cough can last for several weeks after the infection is gone.
The same viruses that cause colds and the flu often cause acute bronchitis. These viruses spread through the air when people cough, or though physical contact (for example, on unwashed hands). Being exposed to tobacco smoke, air pollution, dusts, vapors, and fumes can also cause acute bronchitis. Less often, bacteria can also cause acute bronchitis.
To diagnose acute bronchitis, your health care provider will ask about your symptoms and listen to your breathing. You may also have other tests.
Treatments include rest, fluids, and aspirin (for adults) or acetaminophen to treat fever. A humidifier or steam can also help. You may need inhaled medicine to open your airways if you are wheezing. Antibiotics won't help if the cause is viral. You may get antibiotics if the cause is bacterial.
NIH: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
- Bronchitis - acute (Medical Encyclopedia)
- Postural drainage (Medical Encyclopedia)
- Routine sputum culture (Medical Encyclopedia)
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Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infections
Also called: RSV
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) causes mild, cold-like symptoms in adults and older healthy children. It can cause serious problems in young babies, including pneumonia and severe breathing problems. Premature babies and those with other health problems have the highest risk. A child with RSV may have a fever, stuffy nose, cough, and trouble breathing. Lab tests can tell if your child has the virus. There is no specific treatment. You should give your child fluids to prevent dehydration. If needed, you can also give a pain reliever (not aspirin) for fever and headache.
RSV easily spreads from person to person. You can get it from direct contact with someone who has it or by touching infected objects such as toys or surfaces such as countertops. Washing your hands often and not sharing eating and drinking utensils are simple ways to help prevent the spread of RSV infection. There is currently no vaccine for RSV.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) (Medical Encyclopedia)
- RSV antibody test (Medical Encyclopedia)
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