ICD-9 Diagnosis Code 879.4

Opn wnd lateral abdomen

Diagnosis Code 879.4

ICD-9: 879.4
Short Description: Opn wnd lateral abdomen
Long Description: Open wound of abdominal wall, lateral, without mention of complication
This is the 2014 version of the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code 879.4

Code Classification
  • Injury and poisoning
    • Open wound of head, neck, and trunk (870-879)
      • 879 Open wound of other and unspecified sites, except limbs

Information for Medical Professionals

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Index of Diseases and Injuries
References found for the code 879.4 in the Index of Diseases and Injuries:

    • Wound, open (by cutting or piercing instrument) (by firearms) (cut) (dissection) (incised) (laceration) (penetration) (perforating) (puncture) (with initial hemorrhage, not internal) 879.8
      • abdomen, abdominal (external) (muscle) 879.2
        • wall (anterior) 879.2
          • lateral 879.4
            • complicated 879.5
      • flank 879.4
        • complicated 879.5
      • groin 879.4
        • complicated 879.5
      • hypochondrium 879.4
        • complicated 879.5
      • iliac (region) 879.4
        • complicated 879.5
      • inguinal region 879.4
        • complicated 879.5

Information for Patients

Wounds and Injuries

Also called: Traumatic injuries

An injury is damage to your body. It is a general term that refers to harm caused by accidents, falls, hits, weapons, and more. In the U.S., millions of people injure themselves every year. These injuries range from minor to life-threatening. Injuries can happen at work or play, indoors or outdoors, driving a car, or walking across the street.

Wounds are injuries that break the skin or other body tissues. They include cuts, scrapes, scratches, and punctured skin. They often happen because of an accident, but surgery, sutures, and stitches also cause wounds. Minor wounds usually aren't serious, but it is important to clean them. Serious and infected wounds may require first aid followed by a visit to your doctor. You should also seek attention if the wound is deep, you cannot close it yourself, you cannot stop the bleeding or get the dirt out, or it does not heal.

Other common types of injuries include

  • Bruises
  • Burns
  • Dislocations
  • Fractures
  • Sprains and strains

  • Amputation - traumatic
  • Animal bites -- self-care
  • Bleeding
  • Closed suction drain with bulb
  • Crush injury
  • Cuts and puncture wounds
  • Electrical injury
  • Gunshot wounds -- aftercare
  • Hemovac drain
  • How wounds heal
  • Human bites -- self-care
  • Laceration - sutures or staples - at home
  • Lacerations - liquid bandage
  • Nail injuries
  • Skin flaps and grafts -- self-care
  • Sterile technique
  • Sternal exploration or closure
  • Surgical wound care
  • Surgical wound care -- closed
  • Surgical wound infection - treatment
  • Wet to dry dressing changes
  • Wound care centers

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