What code should be used for paradoxical vocal fold movement?
There is no ICD-9 code specifically for vocal cord dysfunction in the 2009 edition. However, in the past our clinic and other area clinics in Western New York have used the code for Upper Respiratory Hypersensitivity- 478.8 (ICD-9). This code seems to work to cover these patients with their insurance carriers.
Bridget A. Russell is an Associate Professor at the State University of New York Fredonia and directs the Speech Production Laboratory in the Youngerman Centers for Communicative Disorders at the University. She has published in the Journal of Speech, Hearing and Language (JSHLR), Speech and Voice Review. She has presented over 70 peer reviewed presentations at national and international conferences on voice and respiratory disorders. Dr. Russell also has served as an editorial consultant for JSHLR, National Science Foundation (NSF) and DelMar Publishing Group. Dr. Russell's research interests include voice disorders in children and adults, professional voice, and respiratory disorders of speech production.