ICD-10-CM Code J39.8

Other specified diseases of upper respiratory tract

Version 2020 Billable Code

Valid for Submission

J39.8 is a billable code used to specify a medical diagnosis of other specified diseases of upper respiratory tract. The code is valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. The ICD-10-CM code J39.8 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like abscess of trachea, abscess of upper respiratory tract, acquired tracheal collapse, acquired tracheal fistula, acquired tracheal stenosis, acquired tracheo-arterial fistula, etc

Short Description:Other specified diseases of upper respiratory tract
Long Description:Other specified diseases of upper respiratory tract

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 J39.8 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 trachea
  • Abscess of upper respiratory tract
  • Acquired tracheal collapse
  • Acquired tracheal fistula
  • Acquired tracheal stenosis
  • Acquired tracheo-arterial fistula
  • Bleeding of pharynx
  • Calcification of trachea
  • Cicatrix of trachea
  • Compression of esophagus
  • Compression of trachea and esophagus co-occurrent and due to congenital anomaly of aortic arch
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Disorder of trachea
  • Drooping of soft palate
  • Edema of nasopharynx
  • Edema of oral soft tissues
  • Edema of pharynx
  • Edema of uvula
  • Erosion of esophageal tumor into trachea
  • Extrinsic obstruction of trachea
  • Hematoma of oropharynx
  • Hematoma of pharynx
  • Hematoma of trachea
  • Iatrogenic perforation of trachea
  • Lesion of nasopharynx
  • Motor function of palate - finding
  • Motor function of palate - finding
  • Nasopharyngeal stenosis
  • Obstruction of trachea
  • Ossification of trachea
  • Perforation of trachea
  • Perichondritis of trachea
  • Pharyngeal hemorrhage
  • Pharyngeal stenosis
  • Poor elevation soft palate
  • Segmental tracheal stenosis
  • Stenosis of trachea
  • Tracheal diverticulosis
  • Tracheal dyskinesia
  • Tracheal hemorrhage
  • Tracheal rupture
  • Tracheobroncheopathia osteoplastica
  • Tracheobronchial hemorrhage
  • Tracheocele
  • Ulcer of trachea
  • Velopharyngeal mislearning

Convert J39.8 to ICD-9

  • 478.9 - Upper resp dis NEC/NOS (Approximate Flag)
  • 519.19 - Trachea & bronch dis NEC (Approximate Flag)

Code Classification

  • Diseases of the respiratory system (J00–J99)
    • Other diseases of upper respiratory tract (J30-J39)
      • Other diseases of upper respiratory tract (J39)

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

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

  • Bronchiectasis - a condition in which damage to the airways causes them to widen and become flabby and scarred
  • Exercise-induced bronchospasm - a breathing problem that happens when your airways shrink while you are exercising
  • Bronchiolitis - an inflammation of the small airways that branch off from the bronchi
  • Bronchopulmonary dysplasia - a chronic lung condition in infants, most often premature infants

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