ICD-10 Code A37

Whooping cough

Version 2019 Non-Billable Code
ICD-10: A37
Short Description:Whooping cough
Long Description:Whooping cough

Not Valid for Submission

ICD-10 A37 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of whooping cough. 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:

  • A37.0 - Whooping cough due to Bordetella pertussis
  • A37.00 - Whooping cough due to Bordetella pertussis without pneumonia
  • A37.01 - Whooping cough due to Bordetella pertussis with pneumonia
  • A37.1 - Whooping cough due to Bordetella parapertussis
  • A37.10 - Whooping cough due to Bordetella parapertussis without pneumonia
  • A37.11 - Whooping cough due to Bordetella parapertussis with pneumonia
  • A37.8 - Whooping cough due to other Bordetella species
  • A37.80 - Whooping cough due to other Bordetella species without pneumonia
  • A37.81 - Whooping cough due to other Bordetella species with pneumonia
  • A37.9 - Whooping cough, unspecified species
  • A37.90 - Whooping cough, unspecified species without pneumonia
  • A37.91 - Whooping cough, unspecified species with pneumonia

Code Classification

  • Certain infectious and parasitic diseases (A00–B99)
    • Other bacterial diseases (A30-A49)
      • Whooping cough (A37)

Information for Medical Professionals

Clinical Information

Notes:

  • Whooping Cough: A respiratory infection caused by BORDETELLA PERTUSSIS and characterized by paroxysmal coughing ending in a prolonged crowing intake of breath.

Terms:

  • Pertussis

Information for Patients


Whooping Cough

Also called: Pertussis

Whooping cough is an infectious bacterial disease that causes uncontrollable coughing. The name comes from the noise you make when you take a breath after you cough. You may have choking spells or may cough so hard that you vomit.

Anyone can get whooping cough, but it is more common in infants and children. It's especially dangerous for infants. The coughing spells can be so bad that it is hard for infants to eat, drink, or breathe.

To make a diagnosis, your doctor may do a physical exam, blood tests, chest x-rays, or nose or throat cultures.

Before there was a vaccine, whooping cough was one of the most common childhood diseases and a major cause of childhood deaths in the U.S. Now most cases are prevented by vaccines. If you have whooping cough, treatment with antibiotics may help if given early.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Pertussis (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Whooping Cough also Known as Pertussis (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • Whooping Cough also Known as Pertussis (American Academy of Family Physicians)
  • Whooping Cough also Known as Pertussis (American Academy of Pediatrics)

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ICD-10 Footnotes

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