Specific code 2012 ICD-9-CM Diagnosis Code 478.9
Other and unspecified diseases of upper respiratory tract
  • Short description: Upper resp dis NEC/NOS.
  • ICD-9-CM 478.9 will be replaced by an equivalent ICD-10-CM code (or codes) when the United States transitions from ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM on October 1, 2015.
  • ICD-9-CM 478.9 is a billable medical code that can be used to specify a diagnosis on a reimbursement claim.
  • You are viewing the 2012 version of ICD-9-CM 478.9.
  • More recent version(s) of ICD-9-CM 478.9: 2013 2014.
Disease Synonyms
  • Abscess of trachea
  • Adenoviral respiratory disease
  • Chronic pharyngolaryngitis
  • Cicatrix of trachea
  • Disorder of ethmoidal sinus
  • Disorder of frontal sinus
  • Disorder of maxillary sinus
  • Disorder of nasal cavity
  • Disorder of nose AND/OR nasopharynx
  • Disorder of sphenoidal sinus
  • Disorder of upper respiratory system
  • Nasal problem
  • Supraglottic lesion
Applies To
  • Abscess of trachea
  • Cicatrix of trachea
Convert to ICD-10-CM: 478.9 converts approximately to:
  • 2014 ICD-10-CM J39.8 Other specified diseases of upper respiratory tract
    Or:
  • 2014 ICD-10-CM J39.9 Disease of upper respiratory tract, unspecified
ICD-9-CM Volume 2 Index entries containing back-references to 478.9:
  • Abscess (acute) (chronic) (infectional) (lymphangitic) (metastatic) (multiple) (pyogenic) (septic) (with lymphangitis) (see also Cellulitis) 682.9
    • trachea 478.9
    • upper respiratory 478.9
  • Anosmia (see also Disturbance, sensation) 781.1
    • postinfectional 478.9
  • Atrophy, atrophic
    • upper respiratory tract 478.9
  • Change(s) (of) - see also Removal of
    • hypertrophic
      • nasal sinus (see also Sinusitis) 473.9
      • turbinate, nasal 478.0
      • upper respiratory tract 478.9
  • Cicatrix (adherent) (contracted) (painful) (vicious) 709.2
    • trachea 478.9
  • Disease, diseased - see also Syndrome
    • respiratory (tract) 519.9
      • acute or subacute (upper) NEC 465.9
        • due to fumes or vapors 506.3
        • multiple sites NEC 465.8
        • noninfectious 478.9
        • streptococcal 034.0
      • chronic 519.9
        • arising in the perinatal period 770.7
        • due to fumes or vapors 506.4
      • due to
      • fetus or newborn NEC 770.9
      • obstructive 496
      • smoke inhalation 508.2
      • specified type NEC 519.8
      • upper (acute) (infectious) NEC 465.9
        • multiple sites NEC 465.8
        • noninfectious NEC 478.9
        • streptococcal 034.0
  • Hypersecretion
    • upper respiratory 478.9
  • Laryngopharyngitis (acute) 465.0
    • chronic 478.9
      • due to external agent - see Condition, respiratory, chronic, due to
  • Perichondritis
    • trachea 478.9
  • Pharyngolaryngitis (acute) 465.0
    • chronic 478.9
  • Pharyngotracheitis (acute) 465.8
    • chronic 478.9
  • Scar, scarring (see also Cicatrix) 709.2
    • trachea 478.9
  • Tracheopharyngitis (acute) 465.8
    • chronic 478.9
      • due to external agent - see Condition, respiratory, chronic, due to
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