Diagnosis Code for Laryngopharyngeal Reflux

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September 15, 2016

Question:
I’m getting used to ICD-10-CM! Thanks so much for teaching me about it. I do have a question though. I can’t seem to find a diagnosis code for laryngopharyngeal reflux. What do you suggest?

Answer:
Actually, we’ve always suggested using K21.9, Gastro-esophageal reflux disease without esophagitis. Coincidentally, in a recent issue (first quarter 2016) of the American Hospital Association’s The Coding Clinic, the same advice was provided.

*This response is based on the best information available as of 09/15/16.

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