B01.0: Varicella meningitis

You have chickenpox. The chickenpox has also spread to the linings of your brain.

Chickenpox are caused by specific pathogens. These pathogens are viruses. With chickenpox, small red blisters and pustules form all over the body. Blisters do not form on the palms of the hands or soles of the feet. These blisters and pustules can be very itchy. You may also get a fever.

Your meninges have been inflamed by chickenpox. On the outside of the brain and spinal cord there are three thin meninges (linings). A tough meninx, the dura mater, is on the outside. Below that are two soft meninges. If the meninges are inflamed, this can cause various symptoms. It is also possible to get a high fever and feel very sick. Severe headaches and a stiff neck are common. You may find it difficult to tolerate bright light and loud noises. Sometimes you may also feel nauseated and feel like you have to vomit. Seizures are also possible or you may lose consciousness.

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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