ICD-10-CM Code A49

Bacterial infection of unspecified site

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

A49 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of bacterial infection of unspecified site. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:A49
Short Description:Bacterial infection of unspecified site
Long Description:Bacterial infection of unspecified site

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

  • A49.0 - Staphylococcal infection, unspecified site
  • A49.01 - Methicillin susceptible Staphylococcus aureus infection, unspecified site
  • A49.02 - Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection, unspecified site
  • A49.1 - Streptococcal infection, unspecified site
  • A49.2 - Hemophilus influenzae infection, unspecified site
  • A49.3 - Mycoplasma infection, unspecified site
  • A49.8 - Other bacterial infections of unspecified site
  • A49.9 - Bacterial infection, unspecified

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 A49:

Type 1 Excludes

Type 1 Excludes
A type 1 excludes note is a pure excludes note. It means "NOT CODED HERE!" An Excludes1 note indicates that the code excluded should never be used at the same time as the code above the Excludes1 note. An Excludes1 is used when two conditions cannot occur together, such as a congenital form versus an acquired form of the same condition.
  • bacterial agents as the cause of diseases classified elsewhere B95 B96
  • chlamydial infection NOS A74.9
  • meningococcal infection NOS A39.9
  • rickettsial infection NOS A79.9
  • spirochetal infection NOS A69.9

Code Classification

  • Certain infectious and parasitic diseases (A00–B99)
    • Other bacterial diseases (A30-A49)
      • Bacterial infection of unspecified site (A49)

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


Bacterial Infections

Bacteria are living things that have only one cell. Under a microscope, they look like balls, rods, or spirals. They are so small that a line of 1,000 could fit across a pencil eraser. Most bacteria won't hurt you - less than 1 percent of the different types make people sick. Many are helpful. Some bacteria help to digest food, destroy disease-causing cells, and give the body needed vitamins. Bacteria are also used in making healthy foods like yogurt and cheese.

But infectious bacteria can make you ill. They reproduce quickly in your body. Many give off chemicals called toxins, which can damage tissue and make you sick. Examples of bacteria that cause infections include Streptococcus, Staphylococcus, and E. coli.

Antibiotics are the usual treatment. When you take antibiotics, follow the directions carefully. Each time you take antibiotics, you increase the chances that bacteria in your body will learn to resist them causing antibiotic resistance. Later, you could get or spread an infection that those antibiotics cannot cure.


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