A18.2: Tuberculous peripheral lymphadenopathy
You have tuberculosis in the lymph nodes.
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.
The lymph nodes are small bean-shaped objects. They are found throughout the body. Lymph nodes filter the tissue fluid. They are part of the defense system. One or several of the lymph nodes have been inflamed by the tuberculosis. In that case, the affected lymph nodes are usually swollen. The swelling does not usually cause any pain. Sometimes the site may be reddened and warm.
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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