ICD-10 Diagnosis Code A39.50

Meningococcal carditis, unspecified

Diagnosis Code A39.50

ICD-10: A39.50
Short Description: Meningococcal carditis, unspecified
Long Description: Meningococcal carditis, unspecified
This is the 2017 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code A39.50

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

Information for Medical Professionals

Diagnostic Related Groups
The diagnosis code A39.50 is grouped in the following Diagnostic Related Group(s) (MS-DRG v33.0)


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  • 036.40 - Meningococc carditis NOS

  • Meningococcal carditis

Information for Patients


Also called: Dilated cardiomyopathy, Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, Myocardiopathy, Restrictive cardiomyopathy

Cardiomyopathy is the name for diseases of the heart muscle. These diseases enlarge your heart muscle or make it thicker and more rigid than normal. In rare cases, scar tissue replaces the muscle tissue.

Some people live long, healthy lives with cardiomyopathy. Some people don't even realize they have it. In others, however, it can make the heart less able to pump blood through the body. This can cause serious complications, including

  • Heart failure
  • Abnormal heart rhythms
  • Heart valve problems
  • Sudden cardiac arrest

Heart attacks, high blood pressure, infections, and other diseases can all cause cardiomyopathy. Some types of cardiomyopathy run in families. In many people, however, the cause is unknown. Treatment might involve medicines, surgery, other medical procedures, and lifestyle changes.

NIH: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

  • Cardiac catheterization
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Dilated cardiomyopathy
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

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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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