2020 ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code J39.1

Other abscess of pharynx

    2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Billable/Specific Code
  • J39.1 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 J39.1 became effective on October 1, 2019.
  • This is the American ICD-10-CM version of J39.1 - other international versions of ICD-10 J39.1 may differ.
Applicable To
  • Cellulitis of pharynx
  • Nasopharyngeal abscess
The following code(s) above J39.1 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 J39.1:
  • 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
  • J39
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code J39

    Other diseases of upper respiratory tract

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    Type 1 Excludes
    • acute respiratory infection NOS (J22)
    • acute upper respiratory infection (J06.9)
    • upper respiratory inflammation due to chemicals, gases, fumes or vapors (J68.2)
    Other diseases of upper respiratory tract
Approximate Synonyms
  • Abscess of nasopharynx
  • Abscess of pharynx
  • Cellulitis of pharynx
  • Pharyngeal cellulitis
ICD-10-CM J39.1 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
  • 152 Otitis media and uri with mcc
  • 153 Otitis media and uri without mcc

Convert J39.1 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 J39.1:
  • Type 1 Excludes: J02
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code J02

    Acute pharyngitis

      2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
    Includes
    • acute sore throat
    Type 1 Excludes
    • acute laryngopharyngitis (J06.0)
    • peritonsillar abscess (J36)
    • pharyngeal abscess (J39.1)
    • retropharyngeal abscess (J39.0)
    Type 2 Excludes
    • chronic pharyngitis (J31.2)

Diagnosis Index entries containing back-references to J39.1:
  • Abscess (connective tissue) (embolic) (fistulous) (infective) (metastatic) (multiple) (pernicious) (pyogenic) (septic) L02.91
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code L02.91

    Cutaneous abscess, unspecified

      2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Billable/Specific Code
    • bursa M71.00
      ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code M71.00

      Abscess of bursa, unspecified site

        2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Billable/Specific Code
      • pharyngeal J39.1
    • fauces J39.1
    • nasopharyngeal J39.1
    • pharynx, pharyngeal J39.1 (lateral)
    • throat J39.1
  • Bursitis M71.9
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code M71.9

    Bursopathy, unspecified

      2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Billable/Specific Code
    Applicable To
    • Bursitis NOS
    • pharyngeal J39.1
  • Cellulitis (diffuse) (phlegmonous) (septic) (suppurative) L03.90
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code L03.90

    Cellulitis, unspecified

      2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Billable/Specific Code
    • nasopharynx J39.1
    • pharynx J39.1

ICD-10-CM Codes Adjacent To J39.1
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
J41 Simple and mucopurulent chronic bronchitis
J41.0 Simple chronic bronchitis
J41.1 Mucopurulent chronic bronchitis
J41.8 Mixed simple and mucopurulent chronic bronchitis
J42 Unspecified chronic bronchitis

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