ICD-10 Diagnosis Code Z22.2

Carrier of diphtheria

Diagnosis Code Z22.2

ICD-10: Z22.2
Short Description: Carrier of diphtheria
Long Description: Carrier of diphtheria
This is the 2017 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code Z22.2

Valid for Submission
The code Z22.2 is valid for submission for HIPAA-covered transactions.

Code Classification
  • Factors influencing health status and contact with health services (Z00–Z99)
    • Persons with potential health hazards related to communicable diseases (Z20-Z29)
      • Carrier of infectious disease (Z22)

Information for Patients


Diphtheria

Diphtheria is a serious bacterial infection. You can catch it from a person who has the infection and coughs or sneezes. You can also get infected by coming in contact with an object, such as a toy, that has bacteria on it.

Diphtheria usually affects the nose and throat. Symptoms include

  • Sore throat
  • Swollen glands in the neck
  • Fever
  • Weakness

Your doctor will diagnose it based on your signs and symptoms and a lab test. Getting treatment for diphtheria quickly is important. If your doctor suspects that you have it, you'll start treatment before the lab tests come back. Treatment is with antibiotics.

The diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus vaccine can prevent diphtheria, but its protection does not last forever. Children need another dose, or booster, at about age 12. Then, as adults, they should get a booster every 10 years. Diphtheria is very rare in the United States because of the vaccine.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Diphtheria
  • Diphtheria and the Vaccine (Shot) to Prevent It: Information for Parents (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • Diphtheria and the Vaccine (Shot) to Prevent It: Information for Parents (American Academy of Family Physicians)
  • Diphtheria and the Vaccine (Shot) to Prevent It: Information for Parents (American Academy of Pediatrics)


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