ICD-10 Diagnosis Code A38.0

Scarlet fever with otitis media

Diagnosis Code A38.0

ICD-10: A38.0
Short Description: Scarlet fever with otitis media
Long Description: Scarlet fever with otitis media
This is the 2017 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code A38.0

Code Classification
  • Certain infectious and parasitic diseases
    • Other bacterial diseases (A30-A49)
      • Scarlet fever (A38)

Information for Medical Professionals

Diagnostic Related Groups
The diagnosis code A38.0 is grouped in the following Diagnostic Related Group(s) (MS-DRG v33.0)


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  • Otitis media due to scarlet fever

Information for Patients

Ear Infections

Also called: Otitis media

Ear infections are the most common reason parents bring their child to a doctor. Three out of four children will have at least one ear infection by their third birthday. Adults can also get ear infections, but they are less common.

The infection usually affects the middle ear and is called otitis media. The tubes inside the ears become clogged with fluid and mucus. This can affect hearing, because sound cannot get through all that fluid.

If your child isn't old enough to say "My ear hurts," here are a few things to look for

  • Tugging at ears
  • Crying more than usual
  • Fluid draining from the ear
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Balance difficulties
  • Hearing problems

Your health care provider will diagnose an ear infection by looking inside the ear with an instrument called an otoscope.

Often, ear infections go away on their own. Your health care provider may recommend pain relievers. Severe infections and infections in young babies may require antibiotics.

Children who get infections often may need surgery to place small tubes inside their ears. The tubes relieve pressure in the ears so that the child can hear again.

NIH: National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

  • Cholesteatoma
  • Ear discharge
  • Ear examination
  • Ear infection - acute
  • Ear infection - chronic
  • Ear tube insertion
  • Earache
  • Otitis media with effusion
  • Swimmer's ear

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Streptococcal Infections

Also called: Strep

Strep is short for Streptococcus, a type of bacteria. There are two types: group A and group B.

Group A strep causes

  • Strep throat - a sore, red throat, sometimes with white spots on the tonsils
  • Scarlet fever - an illness that follows strep throat. It causes a red rash on the body.
  • Impetigo - a skin infection
  • Toxic shock syndrome
  • Cellulitis and necrotizing fasciitis (flesh-eating disease)

Group B strep can cause blood infections, pneumonia and meningitis in newborns. A screening test during pregnancy can tell if you have it. If you do, I.V. antibiotics during labor can save your baby's life. Adults can also get group B strep infections, especially if they are elderly or already have health problems. Strep B can cause urinary tract infections, blood infections, skin infections and pneumonia in adults.

Antibiotics are used to treat strep infections.

NIH: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

  • Ecthyma
  • Erysipelas
  • Group B streptococcal septicemia of the newborn
  • Group B streptococcus - pregnancy
  • Perianal streptococcal cellulitis
  • Rheumatic fever
  • Scarlet fever
  • Strep throat
  • Streptococcal screen
  • Throat swab culture
  • Toxic shock syndrome

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