Diagnosis Code A20.8
Information for Medical Professionals
The diagnosis code A20.8 is grouped in the following Diagnostic Related Group(s) (MS-DRG v33.0)
- OTHER INFECTIOUS AND PARASITIC DISEASES DIAGNOSES WITH MCC 867
- OTHER INFECTIOUS AND PARASITIC DISEASES DIAGNOSES WITH CC 868
- OTHER INFECTIOUS AND PARASITIC DISEASES DIAGNOSES WITHOUT CC/MCC 869
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- 020.8 - Other types of plague (approximate) Approximate Flag
The approximate flag is on, indicating that the relationship between the code in the source system and the code in the target system is an approximate equivalent.
- Ambulatory plague
- Gastroenteric plague
Index of Diseases and Injuries
References found for the code A20.8 in the Index of Diseases and Injuries:
- Inclusion Terms: Inclusion terms
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- Abortive plague
- Asymptomatic plague
- Pestis minor
Information for Patients
Also called: Bubonic plague, Pneumonic plague
Plague is an infection caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis. The bacteria are found mainly in rats and in the fleas that feed on them. People and other animals can get plague from rat or flea bites. In the past, plague destroyed entire civilizations. Today plague is uncommon, due to better living conditions and antibiotics.
There are three forms of plague:
- Bubonic plague causes the tonsils, adenoids, spleen, and thymus to become inflamed. Symptoms include fever, aches, chills, and tender lymph glands.
- In septicemic plague, bacteria multiply in the blood. It causes fever, chills, shock, and bleeding under the skin or other organs.
- Pneumonic plague is the most serious form. Bacteria enter the lungs and cause pneumonia. People with the infection can spread this form to others. This type could be a bioterror agent.
Lab tests can diagnose plague. Treatment is a strong antibiotic. There is no vaccine.
NIH: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases