Specific code icon 2014 ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code A48.0

Gas gangrene

  • A48.0 is a billable ICD-10-CM code that can be used to specify a diagnosis.
  • On October 1, 2015 ICD-10-CM will replace ICD-9-CM in the United States, therefore, A48.0 and all other ICD-10-CM codes should only be used for training or planning purposes until then.
Clinical Information
  • 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.
Applicable To
  • Clostridial cellulitis
  • Clostridial myonecrosis
Mortality Data
  • Between 1999-2007 there were 175 deaths in the United States where ICD-10 A48.0 was indicated as the underlying cause of death [source: cdc.govlink to cdc.gov]
  • ICD-10 A48.0 as underlying cause of death data broken down by: gender, age, race, year
ICD-10-CM A48.0 is grouped within Diagnostic Related Group(s) (MS-DRG v30.0):
  • 793 Full term neonate with major problems
  • 867 Other infectious & parasitic diseases diagnoses with mcc
  • 868 Other infectious & parasitic diseases diagnoses with cc
  • 869 Other infectious & parasitic diseases diagnoses without cc/mcc
Convert ICD-10-CM A48.0 to ICD-9-CM
The following ICD-10-CM Index entries contain back-references to ICD-10-CM A48.0: