2020 ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code J38.5

Laryngeal spasm

    2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Billable/Specific Code
  • J38.5 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 J38.5 became effective on October 1, 2019.
  • This is the American ICD-10-CM version of J38.5 - other international versions of ICD-10 J38.5 may differ.
Applicable To
  • Laryngismus (stridulus)
The following code(s) above J38.5 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 J38.5:
  • J00-J99
    2020 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)
    Use Additional
    • 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
  • J38
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code J38

    Diseases of vocal cords and larynx, not elsewhere classified

      2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
    Type 1 Excludes
    • congenital laryngeal stridor (P28.89)
    • obstructive laryngitis (acute) (J05.0)
    • postprocedural subglottic stenosis (J95.5)
    • stridor (R06.1)
    • ulcerative laryngitis (J04.0)
    Use Additional
    • code 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 vocal cords and larynx, not elsewhere classified
Approximate Synonyms
  • Croup, spasmodic
  • Laryngospasm
Clinical Information
  • A disorder characterized by paroxysmal spasmodic muscular contraction of the vocal cords.
  • A disorder in which the adductor muscles of the vocal cords exhibit increased activity leading to laryngeal spasm. Laryngismus causes closure of the vocal folds and airflow obstruction during inspiration.
  • Paroxysmal spasmodic muscular contraction of the vocal cords. It is brief, usually lasting for less than one minute, interrupting the speech and breathing and may produce a high-pitched breathing sound. It may occur under anesthesia or may be associated with gastroesophageal reflex disease.
ICD-10-CM J38.5 is grouped within Diagnostic Related Group(s) (MS-DRG v37.0):
  • 011 Tracheostomy for face, mouth & neck diagnoses or laryngectomy with mcc
  • 012 Tracheostomy for face, mouth & neck diagnoses or laryngectomy with cc
  • 013 Tracheostomy for face, mouth & neck diagnoses or laryngectomy without cc/mcc
  • 154 Other ear, nose, mouth and throat diagnoses with mcc
  • 155 Other ear, nose, mouth and throat diagnoses with cc
  • 156 Other ear, nose, mouth and throat diagnoses without cc/mcc
  • 791 Prematurity with major problems
  • 793 Full term neonate with major problems

Convert J38.5 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
Code annotations containing back-references to J38.5:
  • Type 1 Excludes: R06.1
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code R06.1

    Stridor

      2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Billable/Specific Code
    Type 1 Excludes
    • congenital laryngeal stridor (P28.89)
    • laryngismus (stridulus) (J38.5)
  • Type 2 Excludes: J04
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code J04

    Acute laryngitis and tracheitis

      2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
    Type 1 Excludes
    • acute obstructive laryngitis [croup] and epiglottitis (J05.-)
    Type 2 Excludes
    • laryngismus (stridulus) (J38.5)
    Use Additional
    • code (B95-B97) to identify infectious agent.

Diagnosis Index entries containing back-references to J38.5:
  • Asthma, asthmatic (bronchial) (catarrh) (spasmodic) J45.909
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code J45.909

    Unspecified asthma, uncomplicated

      2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Billable/Specific Code
    Applicable To
    • Asthma NOS
    Type 2 Excludes
    • lung diseases due to external agents (J60-J70)
    • Millar's J38.5 (laryngismus stridulus)
    • Wichmann's J38.5 (laryngismus stridulus)
  • Croup, croupous (catarrhal) (infectious) (inflammatory) (nondiphtheritic) J05.0
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code J05.0

    Acute obstructive laryngitis [croup]

      2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Billable/Specific Code
    Applicable To
    • Obstructive laryngitis (acute) NOS
    • Obstructive laryngotracheitis NOS
  • False - see also condition
    • croup J38.5
  • Laryngismus (stridulus) J38.5
  • Laryngospasm J38.5
  • Laryngotracheitis (acute) (Infectional) (infective) (viral) J04.2
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code J04.2

    Acute laryngotracheitis

      2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Billable/Specific Code
    Applicable To
    • Laryngotracheitis NOS
    • Tracheitis (acute) with laryngitis (acute)
    Type 1 Excludes
    • acute obstructive laryngotracheitis (J05.0)
    Type 2 Excludes
    • chronic laryngotracheitis (J37.1)
  • Millar's asthma J38.5
  • Obstruction, obstructed, obstructive
    • airway J98.8
      ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code J98.8

      Other specified respiratory disorders

        2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Billable/Specific Code
  • Pseudocroup J38.5
  • Spasm(s) R25.2
    - see also condition
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code R25.2

    Cramp and spasm

      2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Billable/Specific Code
    Type 2 Excludes
  • Wichman's asthma J38.5

ICD-10-CM Codes Adjacent To J38.5
J37.1 Chronic laryngotracheitis
J38 Diseases of vocal cords and larynx, not elsewhere classified
J38.0 Paralysis of vocal cords and larynx
J38.00 …… unspecified
J38.01 …… unilateral
J38.02 …… bilateral
J38.1 Polyp of vocal cord and larynx
J38.2 Nodules of vocal cords
J38.3 Other diseases of vocal cords
J38.4 Edema of larynx
J38.5 Laryngeal spasm
J38.6 Stenosis of larynx
J38.7 Other diseases of larynx
J39 Other diseases of upper respiratory tract
J39.0 Retropharyngeal and parapharyngeal abscess
J39.1 Other abscess of pharynx
J39.2 Other diseases of pharynx
J39.3 Upper respiratory tract hypersensitivity reaction, site unspecified
J39.8 Other specified diseases of upper respiratory tract
J39.9 Disease of upper respiratory tract, unspecified
J40 Bronchitis, not specified as acute or chronic

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