ICD-10-CM Code J34.0

Abscess, furuncle and carbuncle of nose

Version 2020 Billable Code

Valid for Submission

J34.0 is a billable code used to specify a medical diagnosis of abscess, furuncle and carbuncle of nose. The code is valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. The ICD-10-CM code J34.0 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like abscess of external nose, abscess of nasal cavity, abscess of nasal septum, abscess of nose, boil of external nose, carbuncle of face, etc

Short Description:Abscess, furuncle and carbuncle of nose
Long Description:Abscess, furuncle and carbuncle of nose

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 J34.0:

Inclusion Terms

Inclusion 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.
  • Cellulitis of nose
  • Necrosis of nose
  • Ulceration of nose

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 J34.0 are found in the index:


The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:

  • Abscess of external nose
  • Abscess of nasal cavity
  • Abscess of nasal septum
  • Abscess of nose
  • Boil of external nose
  • Carbuncle of face
  • Carbuncle of nasal septum
  • Carbuncle of nose
  • Cellulitis and abscess of face
  • Cellulitis and abscess of nose
  • Cellulitis of external nose
  • Cellulitis of nasal mucous membrane
  • Classical histoplasmosis mucosal ulceration
  • Classical histoplasmosis nasal ulceration
  • Furuncle of face
  • Furuncle of nasal cavity
  • Furuncle of nasal septum
  • Nasal vestibulitis
  • Necrosis of nasal septum
  • Necrosis of nasal turbinates
  • Necrosis of nose
  • Skin ulcer of nose
  • Ulcer of nasal septum
  • Ulcer of nose
  • Ulcer of nose
  • Ulcer of skin of face
  • Ulcerated nasal mucosa

Diagnostic Related Groups

The ICD-10 code J34.0 is grouped in the following groups for version MS-DRG V37.0 What are Diagnostic Related Groups?
The Diagnostic Related Groups (DRGs) are a patient classification scheme which provides a means of relating the type of patients a hospital treats. The DRGs divides all possible principal diagnoses into mutually exclusive principal diagnosis areas referred to as Major Diagnostic Categories (MDC).
applicable from 10/01/2020 through 09/30/2020.


Convert J34.0 to ICD-9

  • 478.19 - Nasal & sinus dis NEC (Approximate Flag)

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)

Code History

  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016
    (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020

Information for Patients


An abscess is a pocket of pus. You can get an abscess almost anywhere in your body. When an area of your body becomes infected, your body's immune system tries to fight the infection. White blood cells go to the infected area, collect within the damaged tissue, and cause inflammation. During this process, pus forms. Pus is a mixture of living and dead white blood cells, germs, and dead tissue.

Bacteria, viruses, parasites and swallowed objects can all lead to abscesses. Skin abscesses are easy to detect. They are red, raised and painful. Abscesses inside your body may not be obvious and can damage organs, including the brain, lungs and others. Treatments include drainage and antibiotics.

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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

  • Deviated septum - a shifting of the wall that divides the nasal cavity into halves
  • Nasal polyps - soft growths that develop on the lining of your nose or sinuses
  • Nosebleeds
  • Rhinitis - inflammation of the nose and sinuses sometimes caused by allergies. The main symptom is a runny nose.
  • Nasal fractures, also known as a broken nose

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