Specific code 2014 ICD-9-CM Diagnosis Code 478.24
Retropharyngeal abscess
  • Billable Code
  • 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.
Disease Synonyms
  • Abscess of retropharyngeal
Clinical Information
  • 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.
Convert to ICD-10-CM: 478.24 converts approximately to:
  • 2014 ICD-10-CM J39.0 Retropharyngeal and parapharyngeal abscess
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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