ICD-10 Diagnosis Code W55.21XD

Bitten by cow, subsequent encounter

Diagnosis Code W55.21XD

ICD-10: W55.21XD
Short Description: Bitten by cow, subsequent encounter
Long Description: Bitten by cow, subsequent encounter
This is the 2017 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code W55.21XD


Code Classification
  • External causes of morbidity and mortality
    • Exposure to animate mechanical forces (W50-W64)
      • Contact with other mammals (W55)

Information for Patients


Animal Bites

Also called: Cat bites, Dog bites

Wild animals usually avoid people. They might attack, however, if they feel threatened, are sick, or are protecting their young or territory. Attacks by pets are more common. Animal bites rarely are life-threatening, but if they become infected, you can develop serious medical problems.

To prevent animal bites and complications from bites

  • Never pet, handle, or feed unknown animals
  • Leave snakes alone
  • Watch your children closely around animals
  • Vaccinate your cats, ferrets, and dogs against rabies
  • Spay or neuter your dog to make it less aggressive
  • Get a tetanus booster if you have not had one recently
  • Wear boots and long pants when you are in areas with venomous snakes

If an animal bites you, clean the wound with soap and water as soon as possible. Get medical attention if necessary.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Animal bites -- self-care
  • Jellyfish stings
  • Marine animal stings or bites
  • Snake bites


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