ICD-10 Diagnosis Code A39.1

Waterhouse-Friderichsen syndrome

Diagnosis Code A39.1

ICD-10: A39.1
Short Description: Waterhouse-Friderichsen syndrome
Long Description: Waterhouse-Friderichsen syndrome
This is the 2017 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code A39.1

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Code Classification
  • Certain infectious and parasitic diseases (A00–B99)
    • Other bacterial diseases (A30-A49)
      • Meningococcal infection (A39)

Information for Patients


Adrenal Gland Disorders

The adrenal glands are small glands located on top of each kidney. They produce hormones that you can't live without, including sex hormones and cortisol. Cortisol helps you respond to stress and has many other important functions.

With adrenal gland disorders, your glands make too much or not enough hormones. In Cushing's syndrome, there's too much cortisol, while with Addison's disease, there is too little. Some people are born unable to make enough cortisol.

Causes of adrenal gland disorders include

  • Genetic mutations
  • Tumors including pheochromocytomas
  • Infections
  • A problem in another gland, such as the pituitary, which helps to regulate the adrenal gland
  • Certain medicines

Treatment depends on which problem you have. Surgery or medicines can treat many adrenal gland disorders.

NIH: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

  • 17-hydroxycorticosteroids
  • 17-OH progesterone
  • 24-hour urinary aldosterone excretion rate
  • ACTH (cosyntropin) stimulation test
  • ACTH blood test
  • Acute adrenal crisis
  • Adrenal glands
  • Adrenalectomy
  • Aldosterone blood test
  • Congenital adrenal hyperplasia
  • Hyperaldosteronism - primary and secondary


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Meningococcal Infections

Meningococci are a type of bacteria that cause serious infections. The most common infection is meningitis, which is an inflammation of the thin tissue that surrounds the brain and spinal cord. Meningococci can also cause other problems, including a serious bloodstream infection called sepsis.

Meningococcal infections can spread from person to person. Risk factors include

  • Age - it is more common in infants, teens, and young adults
  • Living in close quarters, such as in college dorms or military settings
  • Certain medical conditions, such as not having a spleen
  • Travel to areas where meningococcal disease is common

In its early stages, you may have flu-like symptoms and a stiff neck. But the disease can progress quickly and can be fatal. Early diagnosis and treatment are extremely important. Lab tests on your blood and cerebrospinal fluid can tell if you have it. Treatment is with antibiotics. Since the infection spreads from person to person, family members may also need to be treated.

A vaccine can prevent meningococcal infections.

  • Meningitis - meningococcal
  • Meningococcemia
  • Waterhouse-Friderichsen syndrome


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