ICD-10 Diagnosis Code R09.81

Nasal congestion

Diagnosis Code R09.81

ICD-10: R09.81
Short Description: Nasal congestion
Long Description: Nasal congestion
This is the 2018 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code R09.81

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The code R09.81 is valid for submission for HIPAA-covered transactions.

Code Classification
  • Symptoms, signs and abnormal clinical and laboratory findings, not elsewhere classified (R00–R99)
    • Symptoms and signs involving the circulatory and respiratory systems (R00-R09)
      • Oth symptoms and signs involving the circ and resp sys (R09)

Information for Medical Professionals

According to ICD-10-CM guidelines this code should not to be used as a principal diagnosis code when a related definitive diagnosis has been established.
Diagnostic Related Groups
The diagnosis code R09.81 is grouped in the following Diagnostic Related Group(s) (MS-DRG V35.0)


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  • Complaining of nasal congestion
  • Congestion of nasal sinus
  • Nasal congestion
  • Nasal symptom
  • On examination - Little's area hyperemic
  • Prominent vessels on Little's area
  • Respiratory tract congestion

Information for Patients

Nose Injuries and Disorders

Also called: Nasal disorders

Your nose is important to your health. It filters the air you breathe, removing dust, germs, and irritants. It warms and moistens the air to keep your lungs and tubes that lead to them from drying out. Your nose also contains the nerve cells that help your sense of smell. When there is a problem with your nose, your whole body can suffer. For example, the stuffy nose of the common cold can make it hard for you to breathe, sleep, or get comfortable.

Many problems besides the common cold can affect the nose. They include

  • Deviated septum - a shifting of the wall that divides the nasal cavity into halves
  • Nasal polyps - soft growths that develop on the lining of your nose or sinuses
  • Nosebleeds
  • Rhinitis - inflammation of the nose and sinuses sometimes caused by allergies. The main symptom is a runny nose.
  • Nasal fractures, also known as a broken nose

  • Choanal atresia (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Foreign body in the nose (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Nasal endoscopy (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Nasal fracture - aftercare (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Nasal polyps (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Nose fracture (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Nosebleed (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Stuffy or runny nose - adult (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Stuffy or runny nose - children (Medical Encyclopedia)

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