ICD-10 Diagnosis Code J15

Bacterial pneumonia, not elsewhere classified

Diagnosis Code J15

ICD-10: J15
Short Description: Bacterial pneumonia, not elsewhere classified
Long Description: Bacterial pneumonia, not elsewhere classified
This is the 2017 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code J15

Code Classification
  • Diseases of the respiratory system
    • Influenza and pneumonia (J09-J18)
      • Bacterial pneumonia, not elsewhere classified (J15)

Information for Medical Professionals

Index of Diseases and Injuries
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Information for Patients


Also called: Bronchopneumonia

Pneumonia is an infection in one or both of the lungs. Many germs, such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi, can cause pneumonia. You can also get pneumonia by inhaling a liquid or chemical. People most at risk are older than 65 or younger than 2 years of age, or already have health problems.

Symptoms of pneumonia vary from mild to severe. See your doctor promptly if you

  • Have a high fever
  • Have shaking chills
  • Have a cough with phlegm that doesn't improve or gets worse
  • Develop shortness of breath with normal daily activities
  • Have chest pain when you breathe or cough
  • Feel suddenly worse after a cold or the flu

Your doctor will use your medical history, a physical exam, and lab tests to diagnose pneumonia. Treatment depends on what kind you have. If bacteria are the cause, antibiotics should help. If you have viral pneumonia, your doctor may prescribe an antiviral medicine to treat it.

Preventing pneumonia is always better than treating it. Vaccines are available to prevent pneumococcal pneumonia and the flu. Other preventive measures include washing your hands frequently and not smoking.

NIH: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

  • Aspiration pneumonia
  • Atypical pneumonia
  • Hospital-acquired pneumonia
  • Mycoplasma pneumonia
  • Pneumonia
  • Pneumonia - adults - discharge
  • Pneumonia - children - discharge
  • Viral pneumonia

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