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ICD-10-CM Code J03.9
Acute tonsillitis, unspecified

NON-BILLABLE
Non-Billable Code
Non-Billable means the code is not sufficient justification for admission to an acute care hospital when used a principal diagnosis. Use a child code to capture more detail.
| ICD-10 from 2011 - 2016

ICD Code J03.9 is a non-billable code. To code a diagnosis of this type, you must use one of the two child codes of J03.9 that describes the diagnosis 'acute tonsillitis, unspecified' in more detail.


The ICD code J03 is used to code Upper respiratory tract infection

Upper respiratory tract infections (URI or URTI) are illnesses caused by an acute infection which involves the upper respiratory tract including the nose, sinuses, pharynx or larynx. This commonly includes tonsillitis, pharyngitis, laryngitis, sinusitis, otitis media, and the common cold.

Specialty: Infectious Disease
MeSH Codes: ,
ICD 9 Codes: 465.9, 465.9

Conducting passages.

Source: Wikipedia

Coding Notes for J03.9 Info for medical coders on how to properly use this ICD-10 code

Inclusion Terms:
Inclusion Terms
Inclusion Terms are a list of concepts for which a specific code is used. The list of Inclusion Terms is useful for determining the correct code in some cases, but the list is not necessarily exhaustive.
Follicular tonsillitis (acute)
Gangrenous tonsillitis (acute)
Infective tonsillitis (acute)
Tonsillitis (acute) NOS
Ulcerative tonsillitis (acute)

Related Concepts SNOMET-CT

  • Acute viral tonsillitis (disorder)

Coding Advice SNOMET-CT

  • Possible requirement for causative agent code

Parent Code: J03 - Acute tonsillitis

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