ICD-10 Code A34

Obstetrical tetanus

Version 2019 Billable Code Maternity Diagnoses Diagnoses For Females Only
ICD-10: A34
Short Description:Obstetrical tetanus
Long Description:Obstetrical tetanus

Valid for Submission

ICD-10 A34 is a billable code used to specify a medical diagnosis of obstetrical tetanus. The code is valid for the year 2019 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

Code Classification

  • Certain infectious and parasitic diseases (A00–B99)
    • Other bacterial diseases (A30-A49)
      • Obstetrical tetanus (A34)

Information for Medical Professionals

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:

  • Maternity diagnoses - Maternity. Age range is 12–55 years inclusive (e.g., diabetes in pregnancy, antepartum pulmonary complication).
  • Diagnoses for females only - Diagnoses for females only.

Convert A34 to ICD-9

The following crosswalk between ICD-10 to ICD-9 is based based on the General Equivalence Mappings (GEMS) information:

  • 639.0 - Postabortion gu infect (Approximate Flag)

Synonyms

The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms:

  • Induced termination of pregnancy complicated by tetanus
  • Localized tetanus
  • Obstetrical tetanus
  • Puerperal tetanus

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 A34 are found in the index:


Information for Patients


Infections and Pregnancy

During pregnancy, some common infections like the common cold or a skin infection do not usually cause serious problems. But other infections can be dangerous to you, your baby, or both. Some infections may lead to preterm birth and low birth weight babies. Others can cause serious illness, birth defects, and lifelong disabilities, such as hearing loss or learning problems.

Some of the infections that can be dangerous during pregnancy include

  • Bacterial vaginosis (BV)
  • Group B strep (GBS)
  • Hepatitis
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Toxoplasmosis
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Yeast infections
  • Zika virus

To try to prevent infections,

  • Don't eat raw or undercooked meat
  • Don't share food or drinks with other people
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Don't empty cat litter. Cats can transmit toxoplasmosis.

If you do get an infection during pregnancy, contact your health care provider about how best to protect you and your baby. Only some medicines are safe during pregnancy.

  • Group B streptococcal septicemia of the newborn (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Group B streptococcus - pregnancy (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Immunization and Pregnancy (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • Pregnancy and the flu (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Pregnant Women Need a Flu Shot (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • Protect Your Baby for Life: When a Pregnant Woman Has Hepatitis B (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • Toxoplasmosis: An Important Message for Women (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

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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.

  • Tetanus (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Tetanus and the Vaccine (Shot) to Prevent It: Information for Parents (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • Tetanus and the Vaccine (Shot) to Prevent It: Information for Parents (American Academy of Family Physicians)
  • Tetanus and the Vaccine (Shot) to Prevent It: Information for Parents (American Academy of Pediatrics)

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ICD-10 Footnotes

General Equivalence Map Definitions
The ICD-10 and ICD-9 GEMs are used to facilitate linking between the diagnosis codes in ICD-9-CM and the new ICD-10-CM code set. The GEMs are the raw material from which providers, health information vendors and payers can derive specific applied mappings to meet their needs.

  • Approximate Flag - The approximate flag is on, indicating that the relationship between the code in the source system and the code in the target system is an approximate equivalent.
  • No Map Flag - The no map flag indicates that a code in the source system is not linked to any code in the target system.
  • Combination Flag - The combination flag indicates that more than one code in the target system is required to satisfy the full equivalent meaning of a code in the source system.