2022 ICD-10-CM Code L02

Cutaneous abscess, furuncle and carbuncle

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

ICD-10:L02
Short Description:Cutaneous abscess, furuncle and carbuncle
Long Description:Cutaneous abscess, furuncle and carbuncle

Code Classification

  • Diseases of the skin and subcutaneous tissue (L00–L99)
    • Infections of the skin and subcutaneous tissue (L00-L08)
      • Cutaneous abscess, furuncle and carbuncle (L02)

L02 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of cutaneous abscess, furuncle and carbuncle. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2022 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. Category or Header define the heading of a category of codes that may be further subdivided by the use of 4th, 5th, 6th or 7th characters.

Specific Coding for Cutaneous abscess, furuncle and carbuncle

Non-specific codes like L02 require more digits to indicate the appropriate level of specificity. Consider using any of the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity when coding for cutaneous abscess, furuncle and carbuncle:

  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - L02.0 for Cutaneous abscess, furuncle and carbuncle of face
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L02.01 for Cutaneous abscess of face
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L02.02 for Furuncle of face
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L02.03 for Carbuncle of face
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - L02.1 for Cutaneous abscess, furuncle and carbuncle of neck
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L02.11 for Cutaneous abscess of neck
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L02.12 for Furuncle of neck
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L02.13 for Carbuncle of neck
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - L02.2 for Cutaneous abscess, furuncle and carbuncle of trunk
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - L02.21 for Cutaneous abscess of trunk
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - L02.22 for Furuncle of trunk
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - L02.23 for Carbuncle of trunk
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - L02.3 for Cutaneous abscess, furuncle and carbuncle of buttock
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L02.31 for Cutaneous abscess of buttock
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L02.32 for Furuncle of buttock
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L02.33 for Carbuncle of buttock
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - L02.4 for Cutaneous abscess, furuncle and carbuncle of limb
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - L02.41 for Cutaneous abscess of limb
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - L02.42 for Furuncle of limb
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - L02.43 for Carbuncle of limb
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - L02.5 for Cutaneous abscess, furuncle and carbuncle of hand
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - L02.51 for Cutaneous abscess of hand
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - L02.52 for Furuncle hand
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - L02.53 for Carbuncle of hand
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - L02.6 for Cutaneous abscess, furuncle and carbuncle of foot
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - L02.61 for Cutaneous abscess of foot
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - L02.62 for Furuncle of foot
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - L02.63 for Carbuncle of foot
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - L02.8 for Cutaneous abscess, furuncle and carbuncle of other sites
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - L02.81 for Cutaneous abscess of other sites
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - L02.82 for Furuncle of other sites
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - L02.83 for Carbuncle of other sites
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - L02.9 for Cutaneous abscess, furuncle and carbuncle, unspecified
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L02.91 for Cutaneous abscess, unspecified
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L02.92 for Furuncle, unspecified
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L02.93 for Carbuncle, unspecified

Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries

The Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries is a list of ICD-10 codes, organized "head to toe" into chapters and sections with coding notes and guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more. The following references are applicable to the code L02:


Use Additional Code

Use Additional Code
The “use additional code” indicates that a secondary code could be used to further specify the patient’s condition. This note is not mandatory and is only used if enough information is available to assign an additional code.

Type 2 Excludes

Type 2 Excludes
A type 2 excludes note represents "Not included here". An excludes2 note indicates that the condition excluded is not part of the condition represented by the code, but a patient may have both conditions at the same time. When an Excludes2 note appears under a code, it is acceptable to use both the code and the excluded code together, when appropriate.

Information for Patients


Abscess

An abscess is a pocket of pus. You can get an abscess almost anywhere in your body. When an area of your body becomes infected, your body's immune system tries to fight the infection. White blood cells go to the infected area, collect within the damaged tissue, and cause inflammation. During this process, pus forms. Pus is a mixture of living and dead white blood cells, germs, and dead tissue.

Bacteria, viruses, parasites and swallowed objects can all lead to abscesses. Skin abscesses are easy to detect. They are red, raised and painful. Abscesses inside your body may not be obvious and can damage organs, including the brain, lungs and others. Treatments include drainage and antibiotics.


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Code History

  • FY 2021 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2020 through 9/30/2021
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016 (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)