2020 ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code G44.209

Tension-type headache, unspecified, not intractable

    2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Billable/Specific Code
  • G44.209 is a billable/specific ICD-10-CM code that can be used to indicate a diagnosis for reimbursement purposes.
  • The 2020 edition of ICD-10-CM G44.209 became effective on October 1, 2019.
  • This is the American ICD-10-CM version of G44.209 - other international versions of ICD-10 G44.209 may differ.
Applicable To
  • Tension headache NOS
The following code(s) above G44.209 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 G44.209:
  • G00-G99
    2020 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 2020 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
Approximate Synonyms
  • Tension type headache
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)
ICD-10-CM G44.209 is grouped within Diagnostic Related Group(s) (MS-DRG v37.0):
  • 102 Headaches with mcc
  • 103 Headaches without mcc

Convert G44.209 to ICD-9-CM

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
  • 2020 (effective 10/1/2019): No change

Diagnosis Index entries containing back-references to G44.209:
  • Headache R51
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code R51

    Headache

      2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Billable/Specific Code
    Applicable To
    • Facial pain NOS
    Type 1 Excludes
    • atypical face pain (G50.1)
    • migraine and other headache syndromes (G43-G44)
    • trigeminal neuralgia (G50.0)
    • tension (-type) G44.209
      • not intractable G44.209
  • Tension
    • headache G44.209
      • not intractable G44.209

ICD-10-CM Codes Adjacent To G44.209
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
G44.30 Post-traumatic headache, unspecified
G44.301 …… intractable
G44.309 …… not intractable

Reimbursement claims with a date of service on or after October 1, 2015 require the use of ICD-10-CM codes.