L97.21 - Non-pressure chronic ulcer of right calf

Version 2023
ICD-10:L97.21
Short Description:Non-pressure chronic ulcer of right calf
Long Description:Non-pressure chronic ulcer of right calf
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)
      • Non-pressure chronic ulcer of lower limb, NEC (L97)

L97.21 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 non-pressure chronic ulcer of right calf. 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.

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

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