ICD-10 Diagnosis Code S48

Traumatic amputation of shoulder and upper arm

Diagnosis Code S48

ICD-10: S48
Short Description: Traumatic amputation of shoulder and upper arm
Long Description: Traumatic amputation of shoulder and upper arm
This is the 2018 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code S48

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The code S48 is a "header" and not valid for submission for HIPAA-covered transactions.

Code Classification
  • Injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes (S00–T98)
    • Injuries to the shoulder and upper arm (S40-S49)
      • Traumatic amputation of shoulder and upper arm (S48)

Information for Medical Professionals

Index of Diseases and Injuries
References found for the code S48 in the Index of Diseases and Injuries:


Information for Patients


Limb Loss

People can lose all or part of an arm or leg for a number of reasons. Common ones include

  • Problems with blood circulation. These may be the result of atherosclerosis or diabetes. Severe cases may result in amputation.
  • Injuries, including from traffic accidents and military combat
  • Cancer
  • Birth defects

Some amputees have phantom pain, which is the feeling of pain in the missing limb. Other physical problems include surgical complications and skin problems, if you wear an artificial limb. Many amputees use an artificial limb. Learning how to use it takes time. Physical therapy can help you adapt.

Recovery from the loss of a limb can be hard. Sadness, anger, and frustration are common. If you are having a tough time, talk to your doctor. Treatment with medicine or counseling can help.

  • Amputation - traumatic (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Foot amputation - discharge (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Leg amputation - discharge (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Leg or foot amputation (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Leg or foot amputation - dressing change (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Phantom limb pain (Medical Encyclopedia)


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