A22.0: Cutaneous anthrax

You have been infected with anthrax pathogens.

Anthrax pathogens are specific bacteria. These bacteria are transmitted to humans from animals such as cattle, sheep or pigs, for example.

Anthrax bacteria have given you cutaneous anthrax.

Cutaneous anthrax develops when anthrax pathogens penetrate the skin via minor injuries. A red spot develops in the affected area. This spot can quickly grow, and nodules or blood-filled blisters can form. The affected site can become increasingly black and the surrounding area may be swollen. The wound is not necessarily painful.

You may moreover feel faint and unwell. Headaches and fever are sometimes possible. If the anthrax pathogens spread in the body, the lymph nodes may also be swollen. 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.

Additional indicator

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

Further information


This information is not intended for self-diagnosis and does not replace professional medical advice from a doctor. If you find an ICD code on a personal medical document, please also note the additional indicator used for diagnostic confidence.
Your doctor will assist you with any health-related questions and explain the ICD diagnosis code to you in a direct consultation if necessary.


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