2024 ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code J38.7

Other diseases of larynx

ICD-10-CM Code:
Short Description:
Other diseases of larynx
Is Billable?
Yes - Valid for Submission
Chronic Condition Indicator: [1]
Not chronic
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Code Classification

  • Diseases of the respiratory system
    • Other diseases of upper respiratory tract
      • Diseases of vocal cords and larynx, not elsewhere classified

J38.7 is a billable diagnosis code used to specify a medical diagnosis of other diseases of larynx. The code is valid during the current fiscal year for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions from October 01, 2023 through September 30, 2024.

Approximate Synonyms

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

  • Abscess of larynx
  • Acquired laryngeal web
  • Acquired laryngocele
  • Acquired laryngomalacia
  • Arytenoid fixed
  • Arytenoid partially fixed
  • Atrophy of vocal cord
  • Calcification of laryngeal cartilage
  • Cellulitis of larynx
  • Cellulitis of neck
  • Chondroradionecrosis of larynx
  • Contact granuloma of larynx
  • Corneal intraepithelial dyskeratosis, palmoplantar hyperkeratosis, laryngeal dyskeratosis syndrome
  • Cricoarytenoid joint fixation
  • Cricoarytenoid joint fixed on phonation
  • Cricopharyngeal disorder
  • Cricopharyngeus muscle dysfunction
  • Cyst of epiglottis
  • Cyst of larynx
  • Cyst of pharynx
  • Disorder of epiglottis
  • Disorder of the larynx
  • Dysplasia of glottis
  • Dysplasia of larynx
  • Dysplasia of larynx
  • Finding of appearance of larynx
  • Finding of mobility of arytenoid
  • Finding of mobility of arytenoid
  • Infantile epiglottis
  • Infection of larynx
  • Interarytenoid leukoplakia
  • Laryngeal crepitus
  • Laryngeal granuloma
  • Laryngeal mobility limited following radiotherapy
  • Laryngeal pachydermia
  • Laryngeal scar
  • Laryngeal web
  • Laryngomalacia
  • Leukoplakia of larynx
  • Mass of vallecula of epiglottis
  • Necrosis of larynx
  • Necrosis of larynx
  • Overhanging epiglottis
  • Partial larynx
  • Perichondritis of larynx
  • Presbylarynges
  • Prolapse of epiglottis
  • Subglottic abscess
  • Subglottic cyst
  • Subglottic erythema
  • Subglottic lesion
  • Subglottic necrosis
  • Subglottic ulcer
  • Supraglottic abscess
  • Supraglottic atrophy
  • Supraglottic cyst
  • Supraglottic erythema
  • Supraglottic lesion
  • Supraglottic ulcer
  • Ulcer of larynx
  • Vallecular cyst

Clinical Classification

Clinical Information

  • Laryngomalacia

    a congenital or acquired condition of underdeveloped or degeneration of cartilage in the larynx. this results in a floppy laryngeal wall making patency difficult to maintain.
  • Interarytenoid Leukoplakia

    a clinical term that indicates the presence of a white mucosal patch in the interarytenoid area. in most cases histologic examination reveals keratosis.
  • Laryngeal Web

    tissue that develops between the vocal cords.
  • Dysplasia of Larynx

    mild, moderate, or severe dysplasia of the squamous epithelium of the laryngeal mucosa.
  • Laryngomalacia

    increased collapsibility of the larynx.
  • Laryngeal Granuloma

    an inflammatory lesion of the vocal cords.

Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries

The following annotation back-references are applicable to this diagnosis code. The Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries is a list of ICD-10-CM codes, organized "head to toe" into chapters and sections with coding notes and guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more.

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.
  • Abscess of larynx
  • Cellulitis of larynx
  • Disease of larynx NOS
  • Necrosis of larynx
  • Pachyderma of larynx
  • Perichondritis of larynx
  • Ulcer of larynx

Index to Diseases and Injuries References

The following annotation back-references for this diagnosis code are found in the injuries and diseases index. The Index to Diseases and Injuries is an alphabetical listing of medical terms, with each term mapped to one or more ICD-10-CM code(s).

Convert J38.7 to ICD-9-CM

  • ICD-9-CM Code: 478.71 - Laryngeal cellulitis
    Approximate Flag - The approximate mapping means there is not an exact match between the ICD-10 and ICD-9 codes and the mapped code is not a precise representation of the original code.
  • ICD-9-CM Code: 478.79 - Disease of larynx NEC
    Approximate Flag - The approximate mapping means there is not an exact match between the ICD-10 and ICD-9 codes and the mapped code is not a precise representation of the original code.

Patient Education

Throat 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:

  • Tonsillitis - inflammation of the tonsils
  • Cancer
  • Croup - inflammation, usually in small children, which causes a barking cough
  • Laryngitis - swelling of the voice box, which can cause a hoarse voice or loss of voice

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 2024 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2023 through 9/30/2024
  • FY 2023 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2022 through 9/30/2023
  • FY 2022 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2021 through 9/30/2022
  • 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. This was the first year ICD-10-CM was implemented into the HIPAA code set.


[1] Not chronic - A diagnosis code that does not fit the criteria for chronic condition (duration, ongoing medical treatment, and limitations) is considered not chronic. Some codes designated as not chronic are acute conditions. Other diagnosis codes that indicate a possible chronic condition, but for which the duration of the illness is not specified in the code description (i.e., we do not know the condition has lasted 12 months or longer) also are considered not chronic.