2019 ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code G44.2

Tension-type headache

    2016 2017 2018 2019 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
  • G44.2 should not be used for reimbursement purposes as there are multiple codes below it that contain a greater level of detail.
  • The 2019 edition of ICD-10-CM G44.2 became effective on October 1, 2018.
  • This is the American ICD-10-CM version of G44.2 - other international versions of ICD-10 G44.2 may differ.
The following code(s) above G44.2 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 G44.2:
  • G00-G99
    2019 ICD-10-CM Range G00-G99

    Diseases of the nervous system

    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)
    • symptoms, signs and abnormal clinical and laboratory findings, not elsewhere classified (R00-R94)
    Diseases of the nervous system
  • G44
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code G44

    Other headache syndromes

      2016 2017 2018 2019 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
    Type 1 Excludes
    • headache NOS (R51)
    Type 2 Excludes
    • atypical facial pain (G50.1)
    • headache due to lumbar puncture (G97.1)
    • migraines (G43.-)
    • trigeminal neuralgia (G50.0)
    Other headache syndromes
Clinical Information
  • A common primary headache disorder, characterized by a dull, non-pulsatile, diffuse, band-like (or vice-like) pain of mild to moderate intensity in the head; scalp; or neck. The subtypes are classified by frequency and severity of symptoms. There is no clear cause even though it has been associated with muscle contraction and stress. (international classification of headache disorders, 2nd ed. Cephalalgia 2004: suppl 1)
Code History
  • 2016 (effective 10/1/2015): New code (first year of non-draft ICD-10-CM)
  • 2017 (effective 10/1/2016): No change
  • 2018 (effective 10/1/2017): No change
  • 2019 (effective 10/1/2018): No change
Code annotations containing back-references to G44.2:
  • Type 2 Excludes: F54
    , G44.1
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code F54

    Psychological and behavioral factors associated with disorders or diseases classified elsewhere

      2016 2017 2018 2019 Billable/Specific Code Manifestation Code
    Applicable To
    • Psychological factors affecting physical conditions
    Code First
    • the associated physical disorder, such as:
    • asthma (J45.-)
    • dermatitis (L23-L25)
    • gastric ulcer (K25.-)
    • mucous colitis (K58.-)
    • ulcerative colitis (K51.-)
    • urticaria (L50.-)
    Type 2 Excludes
    • tension-type headache (G44.2)
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code G44.1

    Vascular headache, not elsewhere classified

      2016 2017 2018 2019 Billable/Specific Code
    Type 2 Excludes
    • cluster headache (G44.0)
    • complicated headache syndromes (G44.5-)
    • drug-induced headache (G44.4-)
    • migraine (G43.-)
    • other specified headache syndromes (G44.8-)
    • post-traumatic headache (G44.3-)
    • tension-type headache (G44.2-)
ICD-10-CM Codes Adjacent To G44.2
G44.04 Chronic paroxysmal hemicrania
G44.041 …… intractable
G44.049 …… not intractable
G44.05 Short lasting unilateral neuralgiform headache with conjunctival injection and tearing (SUNCT)
G44.051 …… intractable
G44.059 …… not intractable
G44.09 Other trigeminal autonomic cephalgias (TAC)
G44.091 …… intractable
G44.099 …… not intractable
G44.1 Vascular headache, not elsewhere classified
G44.2 Tension-type headache
G44.20 Tension-type headache, unspecified
G44.201 …… intractable
G44.209 …… not intractable
G44.21 Episodic tension-type headache
G44.211 …… intractable
G44.219 …… not intractable
G44.22 Chronic tension-type headache
G44.221 …… intractable
G44.229 …… not intractable
G44.3 Post-traumatic headache

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