ICD-10-CM Code A33

Tetanus neonatorum

Version 2020 Billable Code Perinatal/newborn Diagnoses

Valid for Submission

A33 is a billable code used to specify a medical diagnosis of tetanus neonatorum. The code is valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. The ICD-10-CM code A33 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like fetus or newborn infection caused by anaerobic bacterium, localized tetanus, sepsis due to anaerobic bacteria, sepsis of newborn due to anaerobes, tetanic opisthotonus, tetanus neonatorum, etc

The code A33 is applicable to newborn patients only. It is clinically and virtually impossible to use this code on a non-newborn patient.

ICD-10:A33
Short Description:Tetanus neonatorum
Long Description:Tetanus neonatorum

Index to Diseases and Injuries

The Index to Diseases and Injuries is an alphabetical listing of medical terms, with each term mapped to one or more ICD-10 code(s). The following references for the code A33 are found in the index:


Code Edits

The Medicare Code Editor (MCE) detects and reports errors in the coding of claims data. The following ICD-10 Code Edits are applicable to this code:

  • Perinatal/Newborn diagnoses - Newborn. Age of 0 years; a subset of diagnoses intended only for newborns and neonates (e.g., fetal distress, perinatal jaundice).

Synonyms

The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:

  • Fetus or newborn infection caused by Anaerobic bacterium
  • Localized tetanus
  • Sepsis due to anaerobic bacteria
  • Sepsis of newborn due to anaerobes
  • Tetanic opisthotonus
  • Tetanus neonatorum
  • Tetanus omphalitis
  • Tetanus with trismus
  • Trismus
  • Trismus present

Convert A33 to ICD-9

  • 771.3 - Tetanus neonatorum

Code Classification

  • Certain infectious and parasitic diseases (A00–B99)
    • Other bacterial diseases (A30-A49)
      • Tetanus neonatorum (A33)

Code History

  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016
    (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020

Information for Patients


Tetanus

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.


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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.


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