A36.3: Cutaneous diphtheria

You have diphtheria.

You have become infected with certain bacteria. These bacteria are called corynebacteria. These bacteria are usually transmitted person-to-person, but sometimes also from cats or dogs.

A wound on your skin has been inflamed by the bacteria. Mucous coatings and sometimes also pus may form.

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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