ICD-10 Diagnosis Code M72.6

Necrotizing fasciitis

Diagnosis Code M72.6

ICD-10: M72.6
Short Description: Necrotizing fasciitis
Long Description: Necrotizing fasciitis
This is the 2017 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code M72.6

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The code M72.6 is valid for submission for HIPAA-covered transactions.

Code Classification
  • Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue (M00–M99)
    • Other soft tissue disorders (M70-M79)
      • Fibroblastic disorders (M72)

Information for Medical Professionals

Diagnostic Related Groups
The diagnosis code M72.6 is grouped in the following Diagnostic Related Group(s) (MS-DRG V34.0)


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  • Neonatal necrotizing fasciitis
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Index of Diseases and Injuries
References found for the code M72.6 in the Index of Diseases and Injuries:

    Information for Patients

    Bacterial Infections

    Bacteria are living things that have only one cell. Under a microscope, they look like balls, rods, or spirals. They are so small that a line of 1,000 could fit across a pencil eraser. Most bacteria won't hurt you - less than 1 percent of the different types make people sick. Many are helpful. Some bacteria help to digest food, destroy disease-causing cells, and give the body needed vitamins. Bacteria are also used in making healthy foods like yogurt and cheese.

    But infectious bacteria can make you ill. They reproduce quickly in your body. Many give off chemicals called toxins, which can damage tissue and make you sick. Examples of bacteria that cause infections include Streptococcus, Staphylococcus, and E. coli.

    Antibiotics are the usual treatment. When you take antibiotics, follow the directions carefully. Each time you take antibiotics, you increase the chances that bacteria in your body will learn to resist them causing antibiotic resistance. Later, you could get or spread an infection that those antibiotics cannot cure.

    NIH: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

    • Actinomycosis
    • Bacterial vaginosis -- aftercare
    • Blood culture
    • Gram stain
    • Gram stain of skin lesion
    • Necrotizing soft tissue infection

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    Skin Infections

    Your skin helps protect you from germs, but sometimes it can get infected by them. Some common types of skin infections are

    • Bacterial: Cellulitis and impetigo. Staphylococcal infections can also affect the skin.
    • Viral: Shingles, warts, and herpes simplex
    • Fungal: Athlete's foot and yeast infections
    • Parasitic: Body lice, head lice, and scabies

    Treatment of skin infections depends on the cause.

    • Blastomycosis
    • Boils
    • Candida infection of the skin
    • Carbuncle
    • Donovanosis (granuloma inguinale)
    • Ecthyma
    • Erysipelas
    • Molluscum contagiosum
    • Necrotizing soft tissue infection

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