ICD-10 Code A36.8

Other diphtheria

Version 2019 Non-Billable Code
ICD-10: A36.8
Short Description:Other diphtheria
Long Description:Other diphtheria

Not Valid for Submission

ICD-10 A36.8 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of other diphtheria. The code is NOT valid for the year 2019 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

Consider the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity:

  • A36.81 - Diphtheritic cardiomyopathy
  • A36.82 - Diphtheritic radiculomyelitis
  • A36.83 - Diphtheritic polyneuritis
  • A36.84 - Diphtheritic tubulo-interstitial nephropathy
  • A36.85 - Diphtheritic cystitis
  • A36.86 - Diphtheritic conjunctivitis
  • A36.89 - Other diphtheritic complications

Code Classification

  • Certain infectious and parasitic diseases (A00–B99)
    • Other bacterial diseases (A30-A49)
      • Diphtheria (A36)

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 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 (Medical Encyclopedia)

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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.