ICD-10 Code
International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision
Dec 14, 2017

See: Diseases of vocal cords and larynx, not elsewhere classified

J38 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
Diseases of vocal cords and larynx, not elsewhere classified
Use Additional Code
  • 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)
Excludes1
  • congenital laryngeal stridor (P28.89)
  • obstructive laryngitis (acute) (J05.0)
  • postprocedural subglottic stenosis (J95.5)
  • stridor (R06.1)
  • ulcerative laryngitis (J04.0)

More specific codes for Diseases of vocal cords and larynx, not elsewhere classified

  • J38.0 - Paralysis of vocal cords and larynx
    • J38.00 - Paralysis of vocal cords and larynx, unspecified
    • J38.01 - Paralysis of vocal cords and larynx, unilateral
    • J38.02 - Paralysis of vocal cords and larynx, 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
See also ICD 10 code for
Back to J38
See the 2017 ICD-10-CM Coding Guidelines.

Questions related to J38 Diseases of vocal cords and larynx, not elsewhere classified

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.