ICD-9-CM 478.24 will be replaced by an equivalent ICD-10-CM code (or codes) when the United States transitions from ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM on October 1, 2015.
ICD-9-CM 478.24 is a billable medical code that can be used to specify a diagnosis on a reimbursement claim.
Abscess of retropharyngeal
An accumulation of purulent material in the space between the pharynx and the cervical vertebrae. This usually results from suppuration of retropharyngeal lymph nodes in patients with upper respiratory tract infections, perforation of the pharynx, or head and neck injuries.
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