Diagnosis Code 478.20
Information for Medical Professionals
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- J39.2 - Other diseases of pharynx (approximate) Approximate Flag
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Index of Diseases and Injuries
References found for the code 478.20 in the Index of Diseases and Injuries:
- Disease, diseased - SEE ALSO See Also
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- pharynx 478.20
- throat 478.20
- septic 034.0
Information for Patients
Also called: Pharyngeal disorders
Your throat is a tube that carries food to your esophagus and air to your windpipe and larynx. The technical name for throat is pharynx.
Throat problems are common. You've probably had a sore throat. The cause is usually a viral infection, but other causes include allergies, infection with strep bacteria or the upward movement of stomach acids into the esophagus, called GERD.
Other problems that affect the throat include
- Tonsillitis - an infection in the tonsils
- Pharyngitis - inflammation of the pharynx
- Croup - inflammation, usually in small children, which causes a barking cough
Most throat problems are minor and go away on their own. Treatments, when needed, depend on the problem.
- Acute upper airway obstruction
- Glossopharyngeal neuralgia
- Retropharyngeal abscess
- Strep throat
- Throat swab culture