2017/18 ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code J03.8

Acute tonsillitis due to other specified organisms

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Certain conditions have both an underlying etiology and multiple body system manifestations due to the underlying etiology. For such conditions the ICD-10-CM has a coding convention that requires the underlying condition be sequenced first followed by the manifestation. Wherever such a combination exists there is a "use additional code" note at the etiology code, and a "code first" note at the manifestation code. These instructional notes indicate the proper sequencing order of the codes, etiology followed by manifestation. In most cases the manifestation codes will have in the code title, "in diseases classified elsewhere." Codes with this title are a component of the etiology/manifestation convention. The code title indicates that it is a manifestation code. "In diseases classified elsewhere" codes are never permitted to be used as first listed or principle diagnosis codes. They must be used in conjunction with an underlying condition code and they must be listed following the underlying condition.
  • code (B95-B97
    ICD-10-CM Range B95-B97

    Bacterial and viral infectious agents

    Note
    • These categories are provided for use as supplementary or additional codes to identify the infectious agent(s) in diseases classified elsewhere.
    • B95 Streptococcus, Staphylococcus, and Enter...
    • B96 Other bacterial agents as the cause of d...
    • B97 Viral agents as the cause of diseases cl...
    ) to identify infectious agent.
Type 1 Excludes
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A type 1 excludes note is a pure excludes. It means "not coded here". A type 1 excludes note indicates that the code excluded should never be used at the same time as J03.8. A type 1 excludes note is for used for when two conditions cannot occur together, such as a congenital form versus an acquired form of the same condition.
  • diphtheritic tonsillitis (
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code A36.0

    Pharyngeal diphtheria

      2016 2017 2018 Billable/Specific Code
    Applicable To
    • Diphtheritic membranous angina
    • Tonsillar diphtheria
    A36.0
    )
  • herpesviral pharyngotonsillitis (
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code B00.2

    Herpesviral gingivostomatitis and pharyngotonsillitis

      2016 2017 2018 Billable/Specific Code
    Applicable To
    • Herpesviral pharyngitis
    B00.2
    )
  • streptococcal tonsillitis (
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code J03.0

    Streptococcal tonsillitis

      2016 2017 2018 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
    J03.0
    )
  • tuberculous tonsillitis (
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code A15.8

    Other respiratory tuberculosis

      2016 2017 2018 Billable/Specific Code
    Applicable To
    • Mediastinal tuberculosis
    • Nasopharyngeal tuberculosis
    • Tuberculosis of nose
    • Tuberculosis of sinus [any nasal]
    A15.8
    )
  • Vincent's tonsillitis (
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code A69.1

    Other Vincent's infections

      2016 2017 2018 Billable/Specific Code
    Applicable To
    • Fusospirochetal pharyngitis
    • Necrotizing ulcerative (acute) gingivitis
    • Necrotizing ulcerative (acute) gingivostomatitis
    • Spirochetal stomatitis
    • Trench mouth
    • Vincent's angina
    • Vincent's gingivitis
    A69.1
    )
The following code(s) above J03.8 contain annotation back-references
Annotation Back-References
In this context, annotation back-references refer to codes that contain:
  • Applicable To annotations, or
  • Code Also annotations, or
  • Code First annotations, or
  • Excludes1 annotations, or
  • Excludes2 annotations, or
  • Includes annotations, or
  • Note annotations, or
  • Use Additional annotations
that may be applicable to J03.8:
  • J00-J99
    2018 ICD-10-CM Range J00-J99

    Diseases of the respiratory system

    Note
    • When a respiratory condition is described as occurring in more than one site and is not specifically indexed, it should be classified to the lower anatomic site (e.g. tracheobronchitis to bronchitis in J40).
    Type 2 Excludes
    • certain conditions originating in the perinatal period (P04-P96)
    • certain infectious and parasitic diseases (A00-B99)
    • complications of pregnancy, childbirth and the puerperium (O00-O9A)
    • congenital malformations, deformations and chromosomal abnormalities (Q00-Q99)
    • endocrine, nutritional and metabolic diseases (E00-E88)
    • injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes (S00-T88)
    • neoplasms (C00-D49)
    • smoke inhalation (T59.81-)
    • symptoms, signs and abnormal clinical and laboratory findings, not elsewhere classified (R00-R94)
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    • code, where applicable, to identify:
    • exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (Z77.22)
    • exposure to tobacco smoke in the perinatal period (P96.81)
    • history of tobacco dependence (Z87.891)
    • occupational exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (Z57.31)
    • tobacco dependence (F17.-)
    • tobacco use (Z72.0)
    Diseases of the respiratory system
  • J00-J06
    2018 ICD-10-CM Range J00-J06

    Acute upper respiratory infections

    Type 1 Excludes
    • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with acute lower respiratory infection (J44.0)
    • influenza virus with other respiratory manifestations (J09.X2, J10.1, J11.1)
    Acute upper respiratory infections
  • J03
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code J03

    Acute tonsillitis

      2016 2017 2018 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
    Type 1 Excludes
    • acute sore throat (J02.-)
    • hypertrophy of tonsils (J35.1)
    • peritonsillar abscess (J36)
    • sore throat NOS (J02.9)
    • streptococcal sore throat (J02.0)
    Type 2 Excludes
    • chronic tonsillitis (J35.0)
    Acute tonsillitis
Code History
ICD-10-CM Codes Adjacent To J03.8
J01.90 Acute sinusitis, unspecified
J01.91 Acute recurrent sinusitis, unspecified
J02 Acute pharyngitis
J02.0 Streptococcal pharyngitis
J02.8 Acute pharyngitis due to other specified organisms
J02.9 Acute pharyngitis, unspecified
J03 Acute tonsillitis
J03.0 Streptococcal tonsillitis
J03.00 Acute streptococcal tonsillitis, unspecified
J03.01 Acute recurrent streptococcal tonsillitis
J03.8 Acute tonsillitis due to other specified organisms
J03.80 Acute tonsillitis due to other specified organisms
J03.81 Acute recurrent tonsillitis due to other specified organisms
J03.9 Acute tonsillitis, unspecified
J03.90 Acute tonsillitis, unspecified
J03.91 Acute recurrent tonsillitis, unspecified
J04 Acute laryngitis and tracheitis
J04.0 Acute laryngitis
J04.1 Acute tracheitis
J04.10 …… without obstruction
J04.11 …… with obstruction

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