ICD-10 Diagnosis Code A37

Whooping cough

Diagnosis Code A37

ICD-10: A37
Short Description: Whooping cough
Long Description: Whooping cough
This is the 2017 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code A37

Code Classification
  • Certain infectious and parasitic diseases
    • Other bacterial diseases (A30-A49)
      • Whooping cough (A37)

Information for Patients

Whooping Cough

Also called: Pertussis

Whooping cough is an infectious bacterial disease that causes uncontrollable coughing. The name comes from the noise you make when you take a breath after you cough. You may have choking spells or may cough so hard that you vomit.

Anyone can get whooping cough, but it is more common in infants and children. It's especially dangerous for infants. The coughing spells can be so bad that it is hard for infants to eat, drink, or breathe.

To make a diagnosis, your doctor may do a physical exam, blood tests, chest x-rays, or nose or throat cultures.

Before there was a vaccine, whooping cough was one of the most common childhood diseases and a major cause of childhood deaths in the U.S. Now most cases are prevented by vaccines. If you have whooping cough, treatment with antibiotics may help if given early.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Pertussis
  • Whooping Cough also Known as Pertussis (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • Whooping Cough also Known as Pertussis (American Academy of Family Physicians)
  • Whooping Cough also Known as Pertussis (American Academy of Pediatrics)

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