ICD-10 Code L89.143

Pressure ulcer of left lower back, stage 3

Diagnosis Code L89.143

ICD-10: L89.143
Short Description: Pressure ulcer of left lower back, stage 3
Long Description: Pressure ulcer of left lower back, stage 3
Version 2019 of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code L89.143

Valid for Submission
The code L89.143 is valid for submission for HIPAA-covered transactions.

Code Classification
  • Diseases of the skin and subcutaneous tissue (L00–L99)
    • Other disorders of the skin and subcutaneous tissue (L80-L99)
      • Pressure ulcer (L89)
Version 2019 Billable Code

Information for Medical Professionals

Diagnostic Related Groups
The diagnosis code L89.143 is grouped in the following Diagnostic Related Group(s) (MS-DRG V35.0)

  • 573 - SKIN GRAFT FOR SKIN ULCER OR CELLULITIS WITH MCC
  • 574 - SKIN GRAFT FOR SKIN ULCER OR CELLULITIS WITH CC
  • 575 - SKIN GRAFT FOR SKIN ULCER OR CELLULITIS WITHOUT CC/MCC
  • 576 - SKIN GRAFT EXCEPT FOR SKIN ULCER OR CELLULITIS WITH MCC
  • 577 - SKIN GRAFT EXCEPT FOR SKIN ULCER OR CELLULITIS WITH CC
  • 578 - SKIN GRAFT EXCEPT FOR SKIN ULCER OR CELLULITIS WITHOUT CC/MCC

Convert to ICD-9
  • 707.03 - Pressure ulcer, low back (Combination Flag)
  • 707.23 - Pressure ulcer,stage III (Combination Flag)

Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries
References found for the code L89.143 in the Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries:

  • Inclusion Terms:
    • Healing pressure ulcer of left lower back, stage 3
    • Pressure ulcer WITH full thickness skin loss involving damage or NEC rosis of subcutaneous tissue, left lower back

Information for Patients


Pressure Sores

Also called: Bed sores, Decubitus ulcers, Pressure ulcers

Pressure sores are areas of damaged skin caused by staying in one position for too long. They commonly form where your bones are close to your skin, such as your ankles, back, elbows, heels and hips. You are at risk if you are bedridden, use a wheelchair, or are unable to change your position. Pressure sores can cause serious infections, some of which are life-threatening. They can be a problem for people in nursing homes.

You can prevent the sores by

  • Keeping skin clean and dry
  • Changing position every two hours
  • Using pillows and products that relieve pressure

Pressure sores have a variety of treatments. Advanced sores are slow to heal, so early treatment is best.

  • How to care for pressure sores (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Preventing pressure ulcers (Medical Encyclopedia)

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ICD-10 Footnotes

General Equivalence Map Definitions
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Index of Diseases and Injuries Definitions

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