2021 ICD-10-CM Code J35

Chronic diseases of tonsils and adenoids

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

J35 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 diseases of tonsils and adenoids. 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:J35
Short Description:Chronic diseases of tonsils and adenoids
Long Description:Chronic diseases of tonsils and adenoids

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Chronic diseases of tonsils and adenoids

Non-specific codes like J35 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 diseases of tonsils and adenoids:

  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - J35.0 for Chronic tonsillitis and adenoiditis
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use J35.01 for Chronic tonsillitis
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use J35.02 for Chronic adenoiditis
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use J35.03 for Chronic tonsillitis and adenoiditis
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use J35.1 for Hypertrophy of tonsils
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use J35.2 for Hypertrophy of adenoids
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use J35.3 for Hypertrophy of tonsils with hypertrophy of adenoids
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use J35.8 for Other chronic diseases of tonsils and adenoids
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use J35.9 for Chronic disease of tonsils and adenoids, unspecified

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Information for Patients


Adenoids

What are adenoids?

Adenoids are a patch of tissue that is high up in the throat, just behind the nose. They, along with the tonsils, are part of the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system clears away infection and keeps body fluids in balance. The adenoids and tonsils work by trapping germs coming in through the mouth and nose.

Adenoids usually start to shrink after about age 5. By the teenage years, they are almost completely gone. By then, the body has other ways to fight germs.

What are enlarged adenoids?

Enlarged adenoids are adenoids that are swollen. It is a common problem in children.

What causes enlarged adenoids?

Your child's adenoids can be enlarged, or swollen, for different reasons. It may just be that your child had enlarged adenoids at birth. Adenoids can also become enlarged when they are trying to fight off an infection. They might stay enlarged even after the infection is gone.

What problems can enlarged adenoids cause?

Enlarged adenoids can make it hard to breathe through the nose. Your child might end up breathing only through the mouth. This may cause

Other problems that enlarged adenoids can cause include

How can enlarged adenoids be diagnosed?

Your child's health care provider will take a medical history, check your child's ears, throat, and mouth, and feel your child's neck.

Since the adenoids are higher up than the throat, the health care provider cannot see them just by looking through your child's mouth. To check the size of your child's adenoids, your provider may use

What are the treatments for enlarged adenoids?

The treatment depends on what is causing the problem. If your child's symptoms are not too bad, he or she may not need treatment. Your child might get nasal spray to reduce the swelling, or antibiotics if the health care provider thinks that your child has a bacterial infection.

In some cases your child may need an adenoidectomy.

What is an adenoidectomy and why might I my child need one?

An adenoidectomy is surgery to remove the adenoids. Your child might need it if

If your child also has problems with his or her tonsils, he or she will probably have a tonsillectomy (removal of the tonsils) at the same time that the adenoids are removed.

After having the surgery, your child usually goes home the same day. He or she will probably have some throat pain, bad breath, and a runny nose. It can take several days to feel all better.


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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)