ICD-10 Diagnosis Code T34.512S

Frostbite with tissue necrosis of left wrist, sequela

Diagnosis Code T34.512S

ICD-10: T34.512S
Short Description: Frostbite with tissue necrosis of left wrist, sequela
Long Description: Frostbite with tissue necrosis of left wrist, sequela
This is the 2017 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code T34.512S

Valid for Submission
The code T34.512S is valid for submission for HIPAA-covered transactions.

Code Classification
  • Injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes (S00–T98)
    • Frostbite (T33-T34)
      • Frostbite with tissue necrosis (T34)

Information for Medical Professionals

Diagnostic Related Groups
The diagnosis code T34.512S is grouped in the following Diagnostic Related Group(s) (MS-DRG v33.0)

  • OTHER INJURY, POISONING AND TOXIC EFFECT DIAGNOSES WITH MCC 922
  • OTHER INJURY, POISONING AND TOXIC EFFECT DIAGNOSES WITHOUT MCC 923

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The code T34.512S is exempt from POA reporting.

Information for Patients


Frostbite

Frostbite is an injury to the body that is caused by freezing. It most often affects the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers, or toes. Frostbite can permanently damage the body, and severe cases can lead to amputation.

If you have frostbite, the skin in that area may turn white or grayish-yellow. It may feel firm or waxy when you touch it. The area will also feel numb.

If you have symptoms of frostbite, seek medical care. But if immediate medical care isn't available, here are steps to take:

  • Get into a warm room as soon as possible.
  • If possible, do not walk on frostbitten feet or toes. Walking increases the damage.
  • Put the affected area in warm - not hot - water.
  • You can also warm the affected area using body heat. For example, use your armpit to warm frostbitten fingers.
  • Don't rub the frostbitten area with snow or massage it at all. This can cause more damage.
  • Don't use a heating pad, heat lamp, or the heat of a stove, fireplace, or radiator for warming. Since frostbite makes an area numb, you could burn it.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Frostbite (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • How to prevent frostbite and hypothermia (Medical Encyclopedia)


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