Tonsillar Abscess ICD 9 Code


Billable Medical Code for Peritonsillar Abscess

Diagnosis Code for Reimbursement Claim: ICD-9-CM 475

Code will be replaced by October 2015 and relabeled as ICD-10-CM 475.

Known As

Tonsillar abscess is also known as peritonsillar cellulitis. This excludes tonsillitis: acute or NOS (463) and chronic (474.0). This applies to abscess of tonsil, peritonsillar cellulitis, and quinsy.

Tonsillar Abscess Definition and Symptoms

Tonsillar abscess is a complication of tonsillitis that causes a collection of infected material to accumulate around the tonsils. It is most commonly caused by the streptococcus bacteria. Symptoms include difficulty swallowing, drooling, facial/neck swelling, fever, muffled voice, fever, tender glands, severe sore throat, and difficulty opening the mouth.