2021 ICD-10-CM Code J31

Chronic rhinitis, nasopharyngitis and pharyngitis

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

J31 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of chronic rhinitis, nasopharyngitis and pharyngitis. 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:J31
Short Description:Chronic rhinitis, nasopharyngitis and pharyngitis
Long Description:Chronic rhinitis, nasopharyngitis and pharyngitis

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Chronic rhinitis, nasopharyngitis and pharyngitis

Non-specific codes like J31 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 chronic rhinitis, nasopharyngitis and pharyngitis:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use J31.0 for Chronic rhinitis
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use J31.1 for Chronic nasopharyngitis
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use J31.2 for Chronic pharyngitis

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 coding notes and guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more. The following references are applicable to the code J31:


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Use 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.

Information for Patients


Nose Injuries and Disorders

Also called: Nasal disorders

Your nose is important to your health. It filters the air you breathe, removing dust, germs, and irritants. It warms and moistens the air to keep your lungs and tubes that lead to them from drying out. Your nose also contains the nerve cells that help your sense of smell. When there is a problem with your nose, your whole body can suffer. For example, the stuffy nose of the common cold can make it hard for you to breathe, sleep, or get comfortable.

Many problems besides the common cold can affect the nose. They include


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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)