Specific code 2013 ICD-9-CM Diagnosis Code 478.24
Retropharyngeal abscess
  • ICD-9-CM 478.24 is a billable medical code that can be used to indicate a diagnosis on a reimbursement claim, however, 478.24 should only be used for claims with a date of service on or before September 30, 2015. For claims with a date of service on or after October 1, 2015, use an equivalent ICD-10-CM code (or codes).
  • You are viewing the 2013 version of ICD-9-CM 478.24.
  • More recent version(s) of ICD-9-CM 478.24: 2014 2015.
Convert to ICD-10-CM: 478.24 converts approximately to:
  • 2015/16 ICD-10-CM J39.0 Retropharyngeal and parapharyngeal abscess
Approximate Synonyms
  • Abscess of retropharyngeal
ICD-9-CM Volume 2 Index entries containing back-references to 478.24:
  • Abscess (acute) (chronic) (infectional) (lymphangitic) (metastatic) (multiple) (pyogenic) (septic) (with lymphangitis) (see also Cellulitis) 682.9
    • postpharyngeal 478.24
    • retropharyngeal 478.24
      • tuberculous (see also Tuberculosis) 012.8
  • Gangrene, gangrenous (anemia) (artery) (cellulitis) (dermatitis) (dry) (infective) (moist) (pemphigus) (septic) (skin) (stasis) (ulcer) 785.4
    • retropharyngeal 478.24
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