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ICD-10-CM Code A48.0
Gas gangrene

BILLABLE
Billable Code
Billable codes are sufficient justification for admission to an acute care hospital when used a principal diagnosis.
| ICD-10 from 2011 - 2016

A48.0 is a billable ICD code used to specify a diagnosis of gas gangrene. A 'billable code' is detailed enough to be used to specify a medical diagnosis.


The ICD code A480 is used to code Gas gangrene

Gas gangrene (also known as clostridial myonecrosis and myonecrosis) is a bacterial infection that produces gas in tissues in gangrene. This deadly form of gangrene usually is caused by Clostridium perfringens bacteria. It is a medical emergency. About 1000 cases of gas gangrene occur yearly in the United States.

Specialty: Infectious Disease
MeSH Code: D005738
ICD 9 Code: 400

Photograph before right leg amputation (hemipelvectomy) of a patient with gas gangrene. The right thigh is edematous (swollen) and discoloured with necrotic bullae (large blisters). Crepitation is detected on deep palpation. At this juncture, the patient is in shock.

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Coding Notes for A48.0 Info for medical coders on how to properly use this ICD-10 code

Inclusion Terms:
Inclusion Terms
Inclusion Terms are a list of concepts for which a specific code is used. The list of Inclusion Terms is useful for determining the correct code in some cases, but the list is not necessarily exhaustive.
Clostridial cellulitis
Clostridial myonecrosis

MS-DRG Mapping

  • DRG Group #793 - Full term neonate with major problems.
  • DRG Group #867-869 - Other infectious and parasitic diseases diagnoses with MCC.
  • DRG Group #867-869 - Other infectious and parasitic diseases diagnoses with CC.
  • DRG Group #867-869 - Other infectious and parasitic diseases diagnoses without CC or MCC.

Related Concepts SNOMET-CT

  • Gas gangrene caused by clostridium perfringens (disorder)

Equivalent ICD-9 Code GENERAL EQUIVALENCE MAPPINGS (GEM)

Gas gangrene (exact match)

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 040.0 was previously used, A48.0 is the appropriate modern ICD10 code.


Parent Code: A48 - Other bacterial diseases, not elsewhere classified

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