Specific code 2013 ICD-9-CM Diagnosis Code 478.34
Bilateral paralysis of vocal cords or larynx, complete
  • Short description: Vocal paral bilat total.
  • ICD-9-CM 478.34 is a billable medical code that can be used to indicate a diagnosis on a reimbursement claim, however, 478.34 should only be used for claims with a date of service on or before September 30, 2015. For claims with a date of service on or after October 1, 2015, use an equivalent ICD-10-CM code (or codes).
  • You are viewing the 2013 version of ICD-9-CM 478.34.
  • More recent version(s) of ICD-9-CM 478.34: 2014 2015.
Convert to ICD-10-CM: 478.34 converts approximately to:
  • 2015/16 ICD-10-CM J38.02 Paralysis of vocal cords and larynx, bilateral
Approximate Synonyms
  • Bilat complete vocal cord paralysis
  • Complete bilateral paralysis of vocal cords
  • Complete paralysis of both vocal cords
ICD-9-CM Volume 2 Index entries containing back-references to 478.34:
  • Paralysis, paralytic (complete) (incomplete) 344.9
    • vocal cord 478.30
      • bilateral (partial) 478.33
        • complete 478.34
      • complete (bilateral) 478.34
      • unilateral (partial) 478.31
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