ICD-10-CM Code A48.0

Gas gangrene

Version 2020 Billable Code

Valid for Submission

A48.0 is a billable code used to specify a medical diagnosis of gas gangrene. The code is valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. The ICD-10-CM code A48.0 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like anaerobic cellulitis, anaerobic myonecrosis, gas gangrene, gas gangrene caused by clostridium edematiens, gas gangrene caused by clostridium histolyticum, gas gangrene caused by clostridium perfringens, etc

Short Description:Gas gangrene
Long Description:Gas gangrene

Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries

The Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries is a list of ICD-10 codes, organized "head to toe" into chapters and sections with guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more. The following references are applicable to the code A48.0:

Inclusion Terms

Inclusion Terms
These terms are the conditions for which that code is to be used. The terms may be synonyms of the code title, or, in the case of "other specified" codes, the terms are a list of the various conditions assigned to that code. The inclusion terms are not necessarily exhaustive. Additional terms found only in the Alphabetic Index may also be assigned to a code.
  • Clostridial cellulitis
  • Clostridial myonecrosis

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 A48.0 are found in the index:


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

  • Anaerobic cellulitis
  • Anaerobic myonecrosis
  • Gas gangrene
  • Gas gangrene caused by clostridium edematiens
  • Gas gangrene caused by clostridium histolyticum
  • Gas gangrene caused by clostridium perfringens
  • Gas gangrene caused by clostridium septicum
  • Gas gangrene caused by clostridium sordellii
  • Gas gangrene of back
  • Gas gangrene of foot
  • Gas gangrene of forearm
  • Gas gangrene of hand
  • Gas gangrene of limb
  • Gas gangrene of lower leg
  • Gas gangrene of lower limb
  • Gas gangrene of neck
  • Gas gangrene of pelvic region of trunk
  • Gas gangrene of shoulder region
  • Gas gangrene of skin
  • Gas gangrene of thigh
  • Gas gangrene of upper arm
  • Gas gangrene of upper limb
  • Gas gangrene septicemia
  • Infection caused by Clostridium botulinum
  • Infection due to Clostridium novyi
  • Infection due to Clostridium perfringens
  • Intestinal gas gangrene
  • Uterine gas gangrene

Clinical Information

  • GAS GANGRENE-. a severe condition resulting from bacteria invading healthy muscle from adjacent traumatized muscle or soft tissue. the infection originates in a wound contaminated with bacteria of the genus clostridium. c. perfringens accounts for the majority of cases over eighty percent while c. noyvi c. septicum and c. histolyticum cause most of the other cases.

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Code Classification

  • Certain infectious and parasitic diseases (A00–B99)
    • Other bacterial diseases (A30-A49)
      • Other bacterial diseases, not elsewhere classified (A48)

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


Gangrene is the death of tissues in your body. It happens when a part of your body loses its blood supply. Gangrene can happen on the surface of the body, such as on the skin, or inside the body, in muscles or organs. Causes include

  • Serious injuries
  • Problems with blood circulation, such as atherosclerosis and peripheral arterial disease
  • Diabetes

Skin symptoms may include a blue or black color, pain, numbness, and sores that produce a foul-smelling discharge. If the gangrene is internal, you may run a fever and feel unwell, and the area may be swollen and painful.

Gangrene is a serious condition. It needs immediate attention. Treatment includes surgery, antibiotics, and oxygen therapy. In severe cases an amputation may be necessary.

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