ICD-10 Diagnosis Code J03.01

Acute recurrent streptococcal tonsillitis

Diagnosis Code J03.01

ICD-10: J03.01
Short Description: Acute recurrent streptococcal tonsillitis
Long Description: Acute recurrent streptococcal tonsillitis
This is the 2017 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code J03.01

Code Classification
  • Diseases of the respiratory system
    • Acute upper respiratory infections (J00-J06)
      • Acute tonsillitis (J03)

Information for Patients

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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Tonsils and Adenoids

Your tonsils and adenoids are part of your lymphatic system. Your tonsils are in the back of your throat. Your adenoids are higher up, behind your nose. Both help protect you from infection by trapping germs coming in through your mouth and nose.

Sometimes your tonsils and adenoids become infected. Tonsillitis makes your tonsils sore and swollen and causes a sore throat. Enlarged adenoids can be sore, make it hard to breathe and cause ear problems.

The first treatment for infected tonsils and adenoids is antibiotics. If you have frequent infections or trouble breathing, you may need surgery. Surgery to remove the tonsils is tonsillectomy. Surgery to remove adenoids is adenoidectomy.

  • Adenoid removal
  • Enlarged adenoids
  • Peritonsillar abscess
  • Tonsil and adenoid removal - discharge
  • Tonsillectomy
  • Tonsillitis

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