2022 ICD-10-CM Code J34
Other and unspecified disorders of nose and nasal sinuses

Version 2022
ICD-10:J34
Short Description:Other and unspecified disorders of nose and nasal sinuses
Long Description:Other and unspecified disorders of nose and nasal sinuses
Status: Not Valid for Submission

Code Classification

  • Diseases of the respiratory system (J00–J99)
    • Other diseases of upper respiratory tract (J30-J39)
      • Other and unspecified disorders of nose and nasal sinuses (J34)

J34 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of other and unspecified disorders of nose and nasal sinuses. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2022 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.

Unspecified diagnosis codes like J34 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.

Specific Coding for Other and unspecified disorders of nose and nasal sinuses

Non-specific codes like J34 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 other and unspecified disorders of nose and nasal sinuses:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use J34.0 for Abscess, furuncle and carbuncle of nose
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use J34.1 for Cyst and mucocele of nose and nasal sinus
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use J34.2 for Deviated nasal septum
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use J34.3 for Hypertrophy of nasal turbinates
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - J34.8 for Other specified disorders of nose and nasal sinuses
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use J34.81 for Nasal mucositis (ulcerative)
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use J34.89 for Other specified disorders of nose and nasal sinuses
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use J34.9 for Unspecified disorder of nose and nasal sinuses

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 J34:


Type 2 Excludes

Type 2 Excludes
A type 2 excludes note represents "Not included here". An excludes2 note indicates that the condition excluded is not part of the condition represented by the code, but a patient may have both conditions at the same time. When an Excludes2 note appears under a code, it is acceptable to use both the code and the excluded code together, when appropriate.

Information for Patients


Nose Injuries and 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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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)