ICD-9 Diagnosis Code 037


Diagnosis Code 037

ICD-9: 037
Short Description: Tetanus
Long Description: Tetanus
This is the 2014 version of the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code 037

Code Classification
  • Infectious and parasitic diseases
    • Other bacterial diseases (030-041)
      • 037 Tetanus

Information for Medical Professionals

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  • A35 - Other tetanus

Index of Diseases and Injuries
References found for the code 037 in the Index of Diseases and Injuries:

Information for Patients


Tetanus is a serious illness caused by Clostridium bacteria. The bacteria live in soil, saliva, dust, and manure. The bacteria can enter the body through a deep cut, like those you might get from stepping on a nail, or through a burn.

The infection causes painful tightening of the muscles, usually all over the body. It can lead to "locking" of the jaw. This makes it impossible to open your mouth or swallow. Tetanus is a medical emergency. You need to get treatment in a hospital.

A vaccine can prevent tetanus. It is given as a part of routine childhood immunization. Adults should get a tetanus shot, or booster, every 10 years. If you get a bad cut or burn, see your doctor - you may need a booster. Immediate and proper wound care can prevent tetanus infection.

  • Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis (DTaP) Vaccines: What You Need to Know (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • Td (Tetanus and Diphtheria) Vaccine: What You Need to Know (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis) Vaccine: What You Need to Know (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • Tetanus
  • Tetanus: Information for Parents (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • Tetanus: Information for Parents (American Academy of Pediatrics)
  • Tetanus: Information for Parents (American Academy of Family Physicians)

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