ICD-10 Diagnosis Code B15

Acute hepatitis A

Diagnosis Code B15

ICD-10: B15
Short Description: Acute hepatitis A
Long Description: Acute hepatitis A
This is the 2017 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code B15

Code Classification
  • Certain infectious and parasitic diseases
    • Viral hepatitis (B15-B19)
      • Acute hepatitis A (B15)

Information for Patients

Hepatitis A

Also called: HAV

Your liver is the largest organ inside your body. It helps your body digest food, store energy, and remove poisons. Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver. One type, hepatitis A, is caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV). The disease spreads through contact with an infected person's stool. You can get it from

  • Eating food made by an infected person who did not wash their hands after using the bathroom
  • Drinking untreated water or eating food washed in untreated water
  • Putting into your mouth a finger or object that came into contact with an infected person's stool
  • Having close contact with an infected person, such as through sex or caring for someone who is ill

Most people do not have any symptoms. If you do have symptoms, you may feel as if you have the flu. You may also have yellowish eyes and skin, called jaundice. A blood test will show if you have HAV.

HAV usually gets better in a few weeks without treatment. However, some people can have symptoms for up to 6 months. Your doctor may suggest medicines to help relieve your symptoms.

The hepatitis A vaccine can prevent HAV. Good hygiene can also help. Wash your hands thoroughly before preparing food, after using the toilet, or after changing a diaper. International travelers should be careful about drinking tap water.

NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis A -- children
  • Hepatitis A Also Known As Hep A (American Academy of Pediatrics)
  • Hepatitis A Also Known As Hep A (American Academy of Family Physicians)
  • Hepatitis A Also Known As Hep A (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • Hepatitis A Vaccine: What You Need to Know (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • Hepatitis virus panel

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