A22.7: Anthrax sepsis
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. You can get infected with anthrax by eating meat from sick animals. Direct contact with sick animals or their fur can also result in infection.
Anthrax bacteria have given you blood poisoning.
The body’s immune system reacts to bacteria and toxic substances. With blood poisoning, they can spread throughout the body via the blood. The immune system is usually closely controlled. With blood poisoning, these controls do not work properly. As a result, the functioning of organs in the body is disrupted.
Because many organs can be damaged by blood poisoning, you can have many different symptoms. You may be very ill. You then have a fever, for example. The heart can race, and breathing can become very rapid. For example, the kidneys or liver may no longer work properly. The brain may also no longer be able to work properly. You might be very tired or even fall unconscious.
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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