ICD-9 Diagnosis Code 478.71

Laryngeal cellulitis

Diagnosis Code 478.71

ICD-9: 478.71
Short Description: Laryngeal cellulitis
Long Description: Cellulitis and perichondritis of larynx
This is the 2014 version of the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code 478.71

Code Classification
  • Diseases of the respiratory system
    • Other diseases of upper respiratory tract (470-478)
      • 478 Other diseases of upper respiratory tract

Information for Patients


Cellulitis is an infection of the skin and deep underlying tissues. Group A strep (streptococcal) bacteria are the most common cause. The bacteria enter your body when you get an injury such as a bruise, burn, surgical cut, or wound.

Symptoms include

  • Fever and chills
  • Swollen glands or lymph nodes
  • A rash with painful, red, tender skin. The skin may blister and scab over.

Your health care provider may take a sample or culture from your skin or do a blood test to identify the bacteria causing infection. Treatment is with antibiotics. They may be oral in mild cases, or intravenous (through the vein) for more severe cases.

NIH: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

  • Cellulitis
  • Orbital cellulitis
  • Perianal streptococcal cellulitis
  • Periorbital cellulitis

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