Causes, Symptoms, Risk Factors And icd 10 For Pneumonia

February 3, 2017

In general, lung used to supply oxygen to be distributed to all over the body and expel carbon dioxide throughout the body. This organ is highly important in relation of its important function. Lung is the main part of respiratory system. There are a number of respiratory problems that can occur and danger your life such as acute bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma or tuberculosis. One of them that mentioned is pneumonia. Some certain bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites can make an infection in your lungs and this condition called pneumonia.

Medical has a system to diagnose any diseases. This system is International Classification of Diseases or people usually say ICD. This system gets some revision in year and year. The revision that common and latest (before the new one) is the tenth version (ICD-10). This revision serves more detail information about diseases within codes. ICD-10 code for pneumonia is J18.9. The diagnosis ICD 10 code for pneumonia is found in some classification such as:

  • Diseases of the respiratory system (J00–J99)
  • Influenza and pneumonia (J09-J18)
  • Pneumonia, unspecified organism (J18)
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The Causes of Pneumonia

As what mentioned before that a number of germ can cause pneumonia such as bacteria, viruses, mycoplasmas, various chemicals, others infectious agents like fungi. You have to understand the causes because pneumonia treatment depends on its cause.

The Symptoms of Pneumonia

The symptoms of pneumonia will be different among one and others. It depends on the type of the pneumonia you have, the causes and your age and the condition of your health. Most common symptoms that usually happen are:

  • Fever (can be mild or high)
  • Shaking chills
  • Cough (you may cough up greenish or yellow mucus even bloody mucus)
  • Fast breathing or shortness of breath (happens when you climb stairs)
  • Chest pain (happens when you take a deep breath)
  • Muscle pain
  • Feeling very weak and fatigue
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Excessive sweating
  • Headache
  • Confusion (especially in older people)
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dusky or purplish skin color

Risk Factors of Pneumonia

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Some people are at a higher risk to experience pneumonia than other. The risk factors include:

  • Cigarette smoking
  • Chronic lung disease such as COPD, bronchiectasis or cystic fibrosis
  • Recent viral respiratory infection (cold, influenza, etc)
  • Other serious illnesses like heart disease, liver cirrhosis or diabetes.

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