A15.3: Tuberculosis of lung, confirmed by unspecified means
You have tuberculosis in the lungs.
Tuberculosis is also abbreviated to TB. Tuberculosis is caused by certain bacteria. The bacteria are usually transmitted through coughing and sneezing. The bacteria can remain undetected in the body for a very long time. But they can also cause severe inflammations. The bacteria trigger symptoms when the body’s defense system is weakened. For example, tuberculosis may cause fever, coughing and a feeling of weakness. It is also possible to lose weight and feel very tired. Tuberculosis bacteria are very well adapted to the body and are difficult to treat.
Your lungs have been inflamed by tuberculosis. The lungs are on the left and right side of the ribcage. They are also connected to the nose and mouth via the bronchial tubes and windpipe. With pulmonary tuberculosis, coughing without phlegm is common. It is also sometimes possible to cough up blood. You may also have breathing difficulties and the ribcage will be painful.
On medical documents, the ICD code is often appended by letters that indicate the diagnostic certainty or the affected side of the body.
- G: Confirmed diagnosis
- V: Tentative diagnosis
- Z: Condition after
- A: Excluded diagnosis
- L: Left
- R: Right
- B: Both sides
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