2021 ICD-10-CM Code L02.41

Cutaneous abscess of limb

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

L02.41 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 limb. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2021 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.

ICD-10:L02.41
Short Description:Cutaneous abscess of limb
Long Description:Cutaneous abscess of limb

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Cutaneous abscess of limb

Non-specific codes like L02.41 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 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

Index to Diseases and Injuries

The Index to Diseases and Injuries is an alphabetical listing of medical terms, with each term mapped to one or more ICD-10 code(s). The following references for the code L02.41 are found in the index:

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)