ICD-9 Diagnosis Code 040.41

Infant botulism

Diagnosis Code 040.41

ICD-9: 040.41
Short Description: Infant botulism
Long Description: Infant botulism
This is the 2014 version of the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code 040.41

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

Information for Medical Professionals

Code Edits
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Pediatric diagnoses (age 0 through 17) Additional informationCallout TooltipPediatric diagnoses (age 0 through 17)
Pediatric diagnoses: Age range is 0–17 years inclusive.

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Index of Diseases and Injuries
References found for the code 040.41 in the Index of Diseases and Injuries:

    • Botulism 005.1
      • infant 040.41

Information for Patients


Botulism is a rare but serious illness. The cause is a toxin (poison) made by a bacterium called Clostridium botulinum. It occurs naturally in soil.

There are several kinds of botulism. Foodborne botulism comes from eating foods contaminated with the toxin. Wound botulism happens when a wound infected with the bacteria makes the toxin. It is more common in heroin users. Infant botulism happens when a baby consumes the spores of the bacteria from soil or honey. All forms can be deadly and are medical emergencies.

Symptoms include double or blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, dry mouth, and muscle weakness. Treatment may include antitoxins, intensive medical care, or surgery of infected wounds.

To prevent botulism:

  • Be very careful when canning foods at home
  • Do not let babies eat honey
  • Get prompt medical care for infected wounds

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Botulism
  • Infant botulism

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