Specific code 2015 ICD-9-CM Diagnosis Code 307.81
Tension headache
  • 2015
  • Billable Code
  • ICD-9-CM 307.81 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 307.81 is a billable medical code that can be used to specify a diagnosis on a reimbursement claim.
Disease Synonyms
  • Headache, psychogenic
  • Headache, tension
  • Intractable tension headache (disorder)
  • Psychogenic headache
  • Tension headache, intractable
  • Tension-type headache
Clinical Information
  • A common primary headache disorder, characterized by a dull, non-pulsatile, diffuse, band-like (or vice-like) pain of mild to moderate intensity in the head; scalp; or neck. The subtypes are classified by frequency and severity of symptoms. There is no clear cause even though it has been associated with muscle contraction and stress. (international classification of headache disorders, 2nd ed. Cephalalgia 2004: suppl 1)
307.81 Excludes
Convert to ICD-10-CM: 307.81 converts approximately to:
  • 2015 ICD-10-CM G44.209 Tension-type headache, unspecified, not intractable
ICD-9-CM Volume 2 Index entries containing back-references to 307.81:
  • Cephalgia, cephalagia (see also Headache) 784.0
    • nonorganic origin 307.81
    • psychogenic 307.81
    • tension 307.81
  • Ditthomska syndrome 307.81
  • Headache 784.0
    • emotional 307.81
    • nonorganic origin 307.81
    • psychogenic 307.81
    • psychophysiologic 307.81
  • Syndrome - see also Disease
    • Ditthomska 307.81
  • Tension
    • headache 307.81
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