2022 ICD-10-CM Code L02.21

Cutaneous abscess of trunk

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

ICD-10:L02.21
Short Description:Cutaneous abscess of trunk
Long Description:Cutaneous abscess of trunk

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)

L02.21 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 of trunk. 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 of trunk

Non-specific codes like L02.21 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 of trunk:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L02.211 for Cutaneous abscess of abdominal wall
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L02.212 for Cutaneous abscess of back [any part, except buttock]
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L02.213 for Cutaneous abscess of chest wall
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L02.214 for Cutaneous abscess of groin
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L02.215 for Cutaneous abscess of perineum
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L02.216 for Cutaneous abscess of umbilicus
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L02.219 for Cutaneous abscess of trunk, unspecified

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)