ICD-9 Diagnosis Code 801.56

Opn skl base fx-coma NOS

Diagnosis Code 801.56

ICD-9: 801.56
Short Description: Opn skl base fx-coma NOS
Long Description: Open fracture of base of skull without mention of intracranial injury, with loss of consciousness of unspecified duration
This is the 2014 version of the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code 801.56

Code Classification
  • Injury and poisoning
    • Fracture of skull (800-804)
      • 801 Fracture of base of skull

Information for Patients


Also called: Brain concussion

A concussion is a type of brain injury. It's the most minor form. Technically, a concussion is a short loss of normal brain function in response to a head injury. But people often use it to describe any minor injury to the head or brain.

Concussions are a common type of sports injury. You can also have one if you suffer a blow to the head or hit your head after a fall.

Symptoms of a concussion may not start right away; they may start days or weeks after the injury. Symptoms may include a headache or neck pain. You may also have nausea, ringing in your ears, dizziness, or tiredness. You may feel dazed or not your normal self for several days or weeks after the injury. Consult your health care professional if any of your symptoms get worse, or if you have more serious symptoms such as

  • Seizures
  • Trouble walking or sleeping
  • Weakness, numbness, or decreased coordination
  • Repeated vomiting or nausea
  • Confusion
  • Slurred speech

Doctors use a neurologic exam and imaging tests to diagnose a concussion. Most people recover fully after a concussion, but it can take some time. Rest is very important after a concussion because it helps the brain to heal.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Concussion
  • Concussion - adults - discharge
  • Concussion - child - discharge
  • Facts about Concussion and Brain Injury (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • Preventing head injuries in children

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Head Injuries

Also called: Cranial injuries, Skull fractures, Skull injuries

Chances are you've bumped your head before. Usually, the injury is minor because your skull is hard and it protects your brain. But other head injuries can be more severe, such as a skull fracture, concussion, or traumatic brain injury.

Head injuries can be open or closed. A closed injury does not break through the skull. With an open, or penetrating, injury, an object pierces the skull and enters brain tissue. Closed injuries are not always less severe than open injuries.

Some common causes of head injuries are falls, motor vehicle accidents, violence, and sports injuries.

It is important to know the warning signs of a moderate or severe head injury. Get help immediately if the injured person has

  • A headache that gets worse or does not go away
  • Repeated vomiting or nausea
  • Convulsions or seizures
  • An inability to wake up
  • Dilation of one or both pupils of the eyes
  • Slurred speech
  • Weakness or numbness in the arms or legs
  • Loss of coordination
  • Increased confusion, restlessness, or agitation

NIH: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

  • Head injury - first aid
  • Skull fracture

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