P38: Omphalitis of newborn with or without mild haemorrhage

In the period immediately after the birth the navel became inflamed.

During pregnancy the umbilical cord connects the child's blood circulation to the mother's. The child receives nutrients and oxygen via the blood vessels in the umbilical cord. After the birth, the umbilical cord is clamped and cut. Part of the umbilical cord remains in the child, usually drying out and dropping off after a while. The navel is left behind in the place where the umbilical cord used to be.

Bacteria can cause inflammation in the baby’s navel. These bacteria can multiply, particularly, within the remains of the umbilical cord.

Inflammation may cause the child’s navel to moisten. There may also be bleeding from the navel. The skin around the navel can become red and swollen. There may also be fever. The inflammation may spread to other parts of the skin on the stomach and body. This can cause serious illness.

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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