ICD-10 Diagnosis Code J36

Peritonsillar abscess

Diagnosis Code J36

ICD-10: J36
Short Description: Peritonsillar abscess
Long Description: Peritonsillar abscess
This is the 2019 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code J36

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The code J36 is valid for submission for HIPAA-covered transactions.

Code Classification
  • Diseases of the respiratory system (J00–J99)
    • Other diseases of upper respiratory tract (J30-J39)
      • Peritonsillar abscess (J36)

Information for Medical Professionals

Information for Patients


An abscess is a pocket of pus. You can get an abscess almost anywhere in your body. When an area of your body becomes infected, your body's immune system tries to fight the infection. White blood cells go to the infected area, collect within the damaged tissue, and cause inflammation. During this process, pus forms. Pus is a mixture of living and dead white blood cells, germs, and dead tissue.

Bacteria, viruses, parasites and swallowed objects can all lead to abscesses. Skin abscesses are easy to detect. They are red, raised and painful. Abscesses inside your body may not be obvious and can damage organs, including the brain, lungs and others. Treatments include drainage and antibiotics.

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