L89.9 - Pressure ulcer of unspecified site

Version 2023
ICD-10:L89.9
Short Description:Pressure ulcer of unspecified site
Long Description:Pressure ulcer of unspecified site
Status: Not Valid for Submission
Version:ICD-10-CM 2023
Code Classification:
  • Diseases of the skin and subcutaneous tissue (L00–L99)
    • Other disorders of the skin and subcutaneous tissue (L80-L99)
      • Pressure ulcer (L89)

L89.9 is a non-specific and non-billable ICD-10 code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of pressure ulcer of unspecified site. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2023 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.

Unspecified diagnosis codes like L89.9 are acceptable when clinical information is unknown or not available about a particular condition. Although a more specific code is preferable, unspecified codes should be used when such codes most accurately reflect what is known about a patient's condition. Specific diagnosis codes should not be used if not supported by the patient's medical record.

Clinical Information

Specific Coding for Pressure ulcer of unspecified site

Non-specific codes like L89.9 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 pressure ulcer of unspecified site:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L89.90 for Pressure ulcer of unspecified site, unspecified stage
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L89.91 for Pressure ulcer of unspecified site, stage 1
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L89.92 for Pressure ulcer of unspecified site, stage 2
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L89.93 for Pressure ulcer of unspecified site, stage 3
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L89.94 for Pressure ulcer of unspecified site, stage 4
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L89.95 for Pressure ulcer of unspecified site, unstageable
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L89.96 for Pressure-induced deep tissue damage of unspecified site

Index to Diseases and Injuries References

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 this diagnosis code are found in the injuries and diseases index:

Patient Education


Pressure Sores

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 :

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


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