2021 ICD-10-CM Code J39

Other diseases of upper respiratory tract

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

J39 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 diseases of upper respiratory tract. 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:J39
Short Description:Other diseases of upper respiratory tract
Long Description:Other diseases of upper respiratory tract

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Other diseases of upper respiratory tract

Non-specific codes like J39 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 diseases of upper respiratory tract:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use J39.0 for Retropharyngeal and parapharyngeal abscess
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use J39.1 for Other abscess of pharynx
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use J39.2 for Other diseases of pharynx
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use J39.3 for Upper respiratory tract hypersensitivity reaction, site unspecified
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use J39.8 for Other specified diseases of upper respiratory tract
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use J39.9 for Disease of upper respiratory tract, unspecified

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 J39:


Type 1 Excludes

Type 1 Excludes
A type 1 excludes note is a pure excludes note. It means "NOT CODED HERE!" An Excludes1 note indicates that the code excluded should never be used at the same time as the code above the Excludes1 note. An Excludes1 is used when two conditions cannot occur together, such as a congenital form versus an acquired form of the same condition.

Information for Patients


Bronchial Disorders

When you breathe in, the air travels down through your trachea (windpipe). It then goes through two tubes to your lungs. These tubes are your bronchi. Bronchial disorders can make it hard for you to breathe.

The most common problem with the bronchi is bronchitis, an inflammation of the tubes. It can be acute or chronic. Other problems 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)