N74.1: Female tuberculous pelvic inflammatory disease

You have tuberculosis. Organs or tissue in your pelvis are inflamed as a result.

Tuberculosis is also abbreviated to TB. Tuberculosis is caused by certain bacteria. The bacteria are usually transmitted through coughing and sneezing. The bacteria can remain undetected in the body for a very long time. But they can also cause severe inflammations. The bacteria trigger symptoms when the body’s defense system is weakened. For example, tuberculosis may cause fever, coughing and a feeling of weakness. It is also possible to lose weight and feel very tired. Tuberculosis bacteria are very well adapted to the body and are difficult to treat.

The pelvis contains the internal genital organs. The internal female genital organs include the uterus, the fallopian tubes and ovaries. The vagina is also one of the internal genital organs and goes from the uterus to the outside of the body.

You may not have any symptoms if organs in your pelvis are inflamed. However it may disrupt your periods. Sometimes you may also have pain in the abdomen.

If the fallopian tubes are inflamed over a long period they may stick together. A woman has two ovaries. Each ovary normally takes turns maturing one egg every month. These eggs may be fertilized by sperm. The eggs pass to the uterus through the fallopian tube. If the fallopian tubes stick together this may prevent you from conceiving naturally.

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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