ICD-10 Diagnosis Code T26.12XS

Burn of cornea and conjunctival sac, left eye, sequela

Diagnosis Code T26.12XS

ICD-10: T26.12XS
Short Description: Burn of cornea and conjunctival sac, left eye, sequela
Long Description: Burn of cornea and conjunctival sac, left eye, sequela
This is the 2017 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code T26.12XS

Code Classification
  • Injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes
    • Burns and corrosions (T20-T32)
      • Burn and corrosion confined to eye and adnexa (T26)

Information for Medical Professionals

Diagnostic Related Groups
The diagnosis code T26.12XS is grouped in the following Diagnostic Related Group(s) (MS-DRG v33.0)


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The code T26.12XS is exempt from POA reporting.

Information for Patients


A burn is damage to your body's tissues caused by heat, chemicals, electricity, sunlight, or radiation. Scalds from hot liquids and steam, building fires and flammable liquids and gases are the most common causes of burns. Another kind is an inhalation injury, caused by breathing smoke.

There are three types of burns:

  • First-degree burns damage only the outer layer of skin
  • Second-degree burns damage the outer layer and the layer underneath
  • Third-degree burns damage or destroy the deepest layer of skin and tissues underneath

Burns can cause swelling, blistering, scarring and, in serious cases, shock and even death. They also can lead to infections because they damage your skin's protective barrier. Treatment for burns depends on the cause of the burn, how deep it is, and how much of the body it covers. Antibiotic creams can prevent or treat infections. For more serious burns, treatment may be needed to clean the wound, replace the skin, and make sure the patient has enough fluids and nutrition.

NIH: National Institute of General Medical Sciences

  • Burns
  • Chemical burn or reaction
  • Minor burns - aftercare
  • Skin graft

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Corneal Disorders

Your cornea is the outermost layer of your eye. It is clear and shaped like a dome. The cornea helps to shield the rest of the eye from germs, dust, and other harmful matter. It also helps your eye to focus. If you wear contact lenses, they float on top of your corneas.

Problems with the cornea include

  • Refractive errors
  • Allergies
  • Infections
  • Injuries
  • Dystrophies - conditions in which parts of the cornea lose clarity due to a buildup of cloudy material

Treatments of corneal disorders include medicines, corneal transplantation, and corneal laser surgery.

NIH: National Eye Institute

  • Cloudy cornea
  • Corneal injury
  • Corneal transplant
  • Corneal ulcers and infections
  • Fuchs dystrophy
  • Keratoconus

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Eye Injuries

The structure of your face helps protect your eyes from injury. Still, injuries can damage your eye, sometimes severely enough that you could lose your vision. Most eye injuries are preventable. If you play sports or work in certain jobs, you may need protection.

The most common type of injury happens when something irritates the outer surface of your eye. Certain jobs such as industrial jobs or hobbies such as carpentry make this type of injury more likely. It's also more likely if you wear contact lenses.

Chemicals or heat can burn your eyes. With chemicals, the pain may cause you to close your eyes. This traps the irritant next to the eye and may cause more damage. You should wash out your eye right away while you wait for medical help.

  • Corneal injury
  • Eye - foreign object in
  • Eye emergencies
  • Hyphema

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