A15.5: Tuberculosis of larynx, trachea and bronchia, confirmed bacteriologically, molecularly or histologically
You have tuberculosis in the windpipe, bronchial tubes or larynx.
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 windpipe, bronchial tubes or larynx have been inflamed by the tuberculosis. We breathe air in through the mouth and nose. The air enters our lungs though the respiratory tract. The lower respiratory tract begins with the windpipe. At the end of the windpipe are two bronchial tubes (or bronchi) branching away from it. The bronchial tubes run into the lungs. What is more, the bronchial tubes divide into even smaller branches.
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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