ICD-10 Code
International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision
Oct 22, 2017

See: Acute tonsillitis

J03 is NOT a complete or valid ICD 10 diagnosis code.

You should code each health care encounter to the level of certainty known for that encounter. When sufficient clinical information is not known or available to assign a more specific code, it is acceptable to report the appropriate unspecified code.

See below for more specifc codes relating to
Acute tonsillitis
Excludes1
  • acute sore throat (J02.-)
  • hypertrophy of tonsils (J35.1)
  • peritonsillar abscess (J36)
  • sore throat NOS (J02.9)
  • streptococcal sore throat (J02.0)
Excludes2
  • chronic tonsillitis (J35.0)

More specific codes for 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
See also ICD 10 code for
Back to J03
See the 2017 ICD-10-CM Coding Guidelines.

Questions related to J03 Acute tonsillitis

When ICD 10 was implemented on October 1, 2015, it did not affect physicians', outpatient facilities', and hospital outpatient departments' use of CPT codes on Medicare Fee-For-Service claims. Providers should continue to use CPT codes to report these services.