ICD-10-CM Code A36.3
Billable CodeBillable codes are sufficient justification for admission to an acute care hospital when used a principal diagnosis.
A36.3 is a billable ICD code used to specify a diagnosis of cutaneous diphtheria. A 'billable code' is detailed enough to be used to specify a medical diagnosis.
The ICD code A36 is used to code Diphtheria
Diphtheria (from Greek: διφθέρα diphthera, meaning leather) is an infection caused by the bacterium Corynebacterium diphtheriae. Signs and symptoms may vary from mild to severe. They usually start two to five days after exposure. Symptoms often come on fairly gradually beginning with a sore throat and fever. In severe cases a grey or white patch develops in the throat. This can block the airway and create a barking cough as in croup. The neck may swell in part due to large lymph nodes. A form of diphtheria that involves the skin, eyes, or genitals also exists. Complications may include myocarditis, inflammation of nerves, kidney problems, and bleeding problems due to low blood platelets. Myocarditis may result in an abnormal heart rate and inflammation of the nerves may result in paralysis.
|ICD 9 Code:||32|
Diphtheria causes a swollen neck, sometimes referred to as a "bull neck".
Coding Notes for A36.3 Info for medical coders on how to properly use this ICD-10 code
Code Type-2 Excludes:
Type-2 ExcludesType-2 Excludes means the excluded conditions are different, although they may appear similar. A patient may have both conditions, but one does not include the other. Excludes 2 means "not coded here."
- Erythrasma - instead, use code L08.1
- DRG Group #606-607 - Minor skin disorders with MCC.
- DRG Group #606-607 - Minor skin disorders without MCC.
ICD-10-CM Alphabetical Index References for 'A36.3 - Cutaneous diphtheria'
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Equivalent ICD-9 Code GENERAL EQUIVALENCE MAPPINGS (GEM)
This is the official exact match mapping between ICD9 and ICD10, as provided by the General Equivalency mapping crosswalk. This means that in all cases where the ICD9 code 032.85 was previously used, A36.3 is the appropriate modern ICD10 code.