2021 ICD-10-CM Code L97.21

Non-pressure chronic ulcer of right calf

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

L97.21 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of non-pressure chronic ulcer of right calf. 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:L97.21
Short Description:Non-pressure chronic ulcer of right calf
Long Description:Non-pressure chronic ulcer of right calf

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Non-pressure chronic ulcer of right calf

Non-specific codes like L97.21 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 non-pressure chronic ulcer of right calf:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L97.211 for Non-pressure chronic ulcer of right calf limited to breakdown of skin
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L97.212 for Non-pressure chronic ulcer of right calf with fat layer exposed
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L97.213 for Non-pressure chronic ulcer of right calf with necrosis of muscle
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L97.214 for Non-pressure chronic ulcer of right calf with necrosis of bone
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L97.215 for Non-pressure chronic ulcer of right calf with muscle involvement without evidence of necrosis
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L97.216 for Non-pressure chronic ulcer of right calf with bone involvement without evidence of necrosis
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L97.218 for Non-pressure chronic ulcer of right calf with other specified severity
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L97.219 for Non-pressure chronic ulcer of right calf with unspecified severity

Information for Patients


Skin Conditions

Also called: Cutaneous disorders, Dermatologic disorders

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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)