ICD-10 Diagnosis Code A48.0

Gas gangrene

Diagnosis Code A48.0

ICD-10: A48.0
Short Description: Gas gangrene
Long Description: Gas gangrene
This is the 2017 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code A48.0

Code Classification
  • Certain infectious and parasitic diseases
    • Other bacterial diseases (A30-A49)
      • Other bacterial diseases, not elsewhere classified (A48)

Information for Medical Professionals

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  • Anaerobic cellulitis
  • Gas gangrene
  • Gas gangrene caused by Clostridium edematiens
  • Gas gangrene caused by clostridium histolyticum
  • Gas gangrene caused by clostridium perfringens
  • Gas gangrene caused by clostridium septicum
  • Gas gangrene caused by clostridium sordellii
  • Gas gangrene of back
  • Gas gangrene of foot
  • Gas gangrene of forearm
  • Gas gangrene of hand
  • Gas gangrene of limb
  • Gas gangrene of lower leg
  • Gas gangrene of lower limb
  • Gas gangrene of neck
  • Gas gangrene of pelvic region of trunk
  • Gas gangrene of shoulder region
  • Gas gangrene of skin
  • Gas gangrene of thigh
  • Gas gangrene of upper arm
  • Gas gangrene of upper limb
  • Gas gangrene septicemia
  • Infection caused by Clostridium novyi
  • Infection caused by Clostridium perfringens
  • Intestinal gas gangrene
  • Necrosis of skeletal and/or smooth muscle caused by infection caused by anaerobic bacteria
  • Uterine gas gangrene

Index of Diseases and Injuries
References found for the code A48.0 in the Index of Diseases and Injuries:

Information for Patients


Gangrene is the death of tissues in your body. It happens when a part of your body loses its blood supply. Gangrene can happen on the surface of the body, such as on the skin, or inside the body, in muscles or organs. Causes include

  • Serious injuries
  • Problems with blood circulation, such as atherosclerosis and peripheral arterial disease
  • Diabetes

Skin symptoms may include a blue or black color, pain, numbness, and sores that produce a foul-smelling discharge. If the gangrene is internal, you may run a fever and feel unwell, and the area may be swollen and painful.

Gangrene is a serious condition. It needs immediate attention. Treatment includes surgery, antibiotics, and oxygen therapy. In severe cases an amputation may be necessary.

  • Gangrene
  • Gas gangrene

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