ICD-9 Diagnosis Code 771.3

Tetanus neonatorum

Diagnosis Code 771.3

ICD-9: 771.3
Short Description: Tetanus neonatorum
Long Description: Tetanus neonatorum
This is the 2014 version of the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code 771.3

Code Classification
  • Certain conditions originating in the perinatal period
    • Other conditions originating in the perinatal period (764-779)
      • 771 Infections specific to the perinatal period

Information for Medical Professionals

Code Edits
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  • A33 - Tetanus neonatorum

Index of Diseases and Injuries
References found for the code 771.3 in the Index of Diseases and Injuries:

    • Omphalitis (congenital) (newborn) 771.4
      • tetanus 771.3
    • Sepsis (generalized) 995.91
      • umbilical (newborn) (organism unspecified) 771.89
        • tetanus 771.3
    • Tetanus, tetanic (cephalic) (convulsions) 037
      • neonatorum 771.3
    • Trismus 781.0
      • neonatorum 771.3
      • newborn 771.3

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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Uncommon Infant and Newborn Problems

It can be scary when your baby is sick, especially when it is not an everyday problem like a cold or a fever. You may not know whether the problem is serious or how to treat it. If you have concerns about your baby's health, call your health care provider right away.

Learning information about your baby's condition can help ease your worry. Do not be afraid to ask questions about your baby's care. By working together with your health care provider, you make sure that your baby gets the best care possible.

  • Caput succedaneum
  • Craniotabes
  • Crying - excessive (0-6 months)
  • Failure to thrive
  • Hemorrhagic disease of the newborn
  • Home apnea monitor use - infants
  • Hyperglycemia - infants
  • Hyperviscosity - newborn
  • Hypocalcemia - infants
  • Intussusception (children)
  • Irritability
  • Neonatal respiratory distress syndrome
  • Neonatal sepsis
  • Neutropenia - infants
  • Pyloric stenosis
  • Spasmus nutans
  • Tongue tie
  • Tracheomalacia - acquired
  • Transient tachypnea - newborn

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