A48.3: Toxic shock syndrome

You have toxic shock syndrome.

Toxic shock syndrome occurs when certain bacteria produce toxins. The immune system then reacts very powerfully to the toxins. These bacteria can also be in the body when a person is healthy. Toxic shock syndrome can occur after surgery or injuries. The disorder can also occur during a birth or due to inflammation through certain bacteria. Toxic shock syndrome can also occur if a tampon or other foreign body remains in the vagina for a long time.

Toxic shock syndrome can be accompanied by a high fever. Patches of skin can also be reddened. After some time, the skin can also become detached. Vomiting or diarrhea are also possible. You may have muscle pain, headaches or dizziness.

The heart pumps blood through the body. In the process, the blood flows through blood vessels. The blood supplies all areas of the body with oxygen and nutrients. With toxic shock syndrome, the blood pressure can be very low and the heart can beat very fast. The blood supply to some parts of the body is then no longer sufficient. This can make you seriously ill. Certain organs such as the kidneys or lungs may also no longer work properly. If the brain ceases to get enough blood, you can pass out.

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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