2022 ICD-10-CM Code L02.4

Cutaneous abscess, furuncle and carbuncle of limb

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

ICD-10:L02.4
Short Description:Cutaneous abscess, furuncle and carbuncle of limb
Long Description:Cutaneous abscess, furuncle and carbuncle of limb

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)

L02.4 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 of limb. 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 of limb

Non-specific codes like L02.4 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 of limb:

  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - L02.41 for Cutaneous abscess of limb
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L02.411 for Cutaneous abscess of right axilla
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L02.412 for Cutaneous abscess of left axilla
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L02.413 for Cutaneous abscess of right upper limb
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L02.414 for Cutaneous abscess of left upper limb
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L02.415 for Cutaneous abscess of right lower limb
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L02.416 for Cutaneous abscess of left lower limb
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L02.419 for Cutaneous abscess of limb, unspecified
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - L02.42 for Furuncle of limb
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L02.421 for Furuncle of right axilla
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L02.422 for Furuncle of left axilla
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L02.423 for Furuncle of right upper limb
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L02.424 for Furuncle of left upper limb
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L02.425 for Furuncle of right lower limb
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L02.426 for Furuncle of left lower limb
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L02.429 for Furuncle of limb, unspecified
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - L02.43 for Carbuncle of limb
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L02.431 for Carbuncle of right axilla
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L02.432 for Carbuncle of left axilla
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L02.433 for Carbuncle of right upper limb
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L02.434 for Carbuncle of left upper limb
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L02.435 for Carbuncle of right lower limb
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L02.436 for Carbuncle of left lower limb
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L02.439 for Carbuncle of limb, 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 L02.4:


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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Skin Infections

What are skin infections?

Your skin is your body's largest organ. It has many different functions, including covering and protecting your body. It helps keep germs out. But sometimes the germs can cause a skin infection. This often happens when there is a break, cut, or wound on your skin. It can also happen when your immune system is weakened, because of another disease or a medical treatment.

Some skin infections cover a small area on the top of your skin. Other infections can go deep into your skin or spread to a larger area.

What causes skin infections?

Skin infections are caused by different kinds of germs. For example,

Who is at risk for skin infections?

You are at a higher risk for a skin infection if you

What are the symptoms of skin infections?

The symptoms depend on the type of infection. Some symptoms that are common to many skin infections include rashes, swelling, redness, pain, pus, and itching.

How are skin infections diagnosed?

To diagnose a skin infection, health care providers will do a physical exam and ask about your symptoms. You may have lab tests, such as a skin culture. This is a test to identify what type of infection you have, using a sample from your skin. Your provider may take the sample by swabbing or scraping your skin, or removing a small piece of skin (biopsy). Sometimes providers use other tests, such as blood tests.

How are skin infections treated?

The treatment depends on the type of infection and how serious it is. Some infections will go away on their own. When you do need treatment, it may include a cream or lotion to put on the skin. Other possible treatments include medicines and a procedure to drain pus.


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Staphylococcal Infections

What are Staphylococcal (staph) infections?

Staphylococcus (staph) is a group of bacteria. There are more than 30 types. A type called Staphylococcus aureus causes most infections.

Staph bacteria can cause many different types of infections, including

What causes staph infections?

Some people carry staph bacteria on their skin or in their noses, but they do not get an infection. But if they get a cut or wound, the bacteria can enter the body and cause an infection.

Staph bacteria can spread from person to person. They can also spread on objects, such as towels, clothing, door handles, athletic equipment, and remotes. If you have staph and do not handle food properly when you are preparing it, you can also spread staph to others.

Who is at risk for staph infections?

Anyone can develop a staph infection, but certain people are at greater risk, including those who

What are the symptoms of staph infections?

The symptoms of a staph infection depend on the type of infection:

How are staph infections diagnosed?

Your health care provider will do a physical exam and ask about your symptoms. Often, providers can tell if you have a staph skin infection by looking at it. To check for other types of staph infections, providers may do a culture, with a skin scraping, tissue sample, stool sample, or throat or nasal swabs. There may be other tests, such as imaging tests, depending on the type of infection.

What are the treatments for staph infections?

Treatment for staph infections is antibiotics. Depending on the type of infection, you may get a cream, ointment, medicines (to swallow), or intravenous (IV). If you have an infected wound, your provider might drain it. Sometimes you may need surgery for bone infections.

Some staph infections, such as MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), are resistant to many antibiotics. There are still certain antibiotics that can treat these infections.

Can staph infections be prevented?

Certain steps can help to prevent staph infections:


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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)