ICD-10 Diagnosis Code A15.6

Tuberculous pleurisy

Diagnosis Code A15.6

ICD-10: A15.6
Short Description: Tuberculous pleurisy
Long Description: Tuberculous pleurisy
This is the 2017 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code A15.6

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Code Classification
  • Certain infectious and parasitic diseases (A00–B99)
    • Tuberculosis (A15-A19)
      • Respiratory tuberculosis (A15)

Information for Medical Professionals

Diagnostic Related Groups
The diagnosis code A15.6 is grouped in the following Diagnostic Related Group(s) (MS-DRG V34.0)

  • 177 - RESPIRATORY INFECTIONS AND INFLAMMATIONS WITH MCC
  • 178 - RESPIRATORY INFECTIONS AND INFLAMMATIONS WITH CC
  • 179 - RESPIRATORY INFECTIONS AND INFLAMMATIONS WITHOUT CC/MCC
  • 974 - HIV WITH MAJOR RELATED CONDITION WITH MCC
  • 975 - HIV WITH MAJOR RELATED CONDITION WITH CC
  • 976 - HIV WITH MAJOR RELATED CONDITION WITHOUT CC/MCC

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Synonyms
  • Bacterial pleurisy with effusion
  • Chylothorax
  • Hydrothorax
  • Pleural effusion caused by bacterial infection
  • Pleural effusion caused by bacterial infection
  • Pleurisy with effusion
  • Tuberculosis of pleura
  • Tuberculous chylothorax
  • Tuberculous empyema
  • Tuberculous hydrothorax
  • Tuberculous pleural effusion
  • Tuberculous pleurisy, confirmed bacteriologically and histologically

Index of Diseases and Injuries
References found for the code A15.6 in the Index of Diseases and Injuries:


Information for Patients


Pleural Disorders

Your pleura is a large, thin sheet of tissue that wraps around the outside of your lungs and lines the inside of your chest cavity. Between the layers of the pleura is a very thin space. Normally it's filled with a small amount of fluid. The fluid helps the two layers of the pleura glide smoothly past each other as your lungs breathe air in and out.

Disorders of the pleura include

  • Pleurisy - inflammation of the pleura that causes sharp pain with breathing
  • Pleural effusion - excess fluid in the pleural space
  • Pneumothorax - buildup of air or gas in the pleural space
  • Hemothorax - buildup of blood in the pleural space

Many different conditions can cause pleural problems. Viral infection is the most common cause of pleurisy. The most common cause of pleural effusion is congestive heart failure. Lung diseases, like COPD, tuberculosis, and acute lung injury, cause pneumothorax. Injury to the chest is the most common cause of hemothorax. Treatment focuses on removing fluid, air, or blood from the pleural space, relieving symptoms, and treating the underlying condition.

NIH: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

  • Chest tube insertion
  • Collapsed lung (pneumothorax)
  • Empyema
  • Hemothorax
  • Lung surgery
  • Metastatic pleural tumor
  • Pleural effusion
  • Pleurisy
  • Pneumothorax - infants


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Tuberculosis

Also called: TB

Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by bacteria called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The bacteria usually attack the lungs, but they can also damage other parts of the body.

TB spreads through the air when a person with TB of the lungs or throat coughs, sneezes, or talks. If you have been exposed, you should go to your doctor for tests. You are more likely to get TB if you have a weak immune system.

Symptoms of TB in the lungs may include

  • A bad cough that lasts 3 weeks or longer
  • Weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Coughing up blood or mucus
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Fever
  • Night sweats

Skin tests, blood tests, x-rays, and other tests can tell if you have TB. If not treated properly, TB can be deadly. You can usually cure active TB by taking several medicines for a long period of time.

NIH: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

  • Acid-fast stain
  • Coughing up blood
  • Disseminated tuberculosis
  • Meningitis - tuberculous
  • Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis (MDR TB) (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • PPD skin test
  • Pulmonary tuberculosis
  • Taking medicines to treat tuberculosis
  • Tuberculosis Facts - Exposure to TB (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • Tuberculosis Facts - TB Can Be Treated (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • Tuberculosis Facts - Testing for TB (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • Tuberculosis Facts - You Can Prevent TB (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • Tuberculosis: General Information (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)


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