ICD-9 Diagnosis Code V74.3

Screening for diphtheria

Diagnosis Code V74.3

ICD-9: V74.3
Short Description: Screening for diphtheria
Long Description: Screening examination for diphtheria
This is the 2014 version of the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code V74.3

Code Classification
  • Supplementary classification of factors influencing health status and contact with health services (E)
    • Persons without reported diagnosis encountered during examination and investigation of individuals and populations (V70-V82)
      • V74 Special screening examination for bacterial and spirochetal diseases

Information for Patients


Diphtheria

Diphtheria is a serious bacterial infection. You can catch it from a person who has the infection and coughs or sneezes. You can also get infected by coming in contact with an object, such as a toy, that has bacteria on it.

Diphtheria usually affects the nose and throat. Symptoms include

  • Sore throat
  • Swollen glands in the neck
  • Fever
  • Weakness

Your doctor will diagnose it based on your signs and symptoms and a lab test. Getting treatment for diphtheria quickly is important. If your doctor suspects that you have it, you'll start treatment before the lab tests come back. Treatment is with antibiotics.

The diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus (DPT) vaccine can prevent diphtheria, but its protection does not last forever. Children need another dose, or booster, at about age 12. Then, as adults, they should get a booster every 10 years. Diphtheria is very rare in the United States because of the vaccine.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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


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