L97.80 - Non-pressure chronic ulcer of other part of unspecified lower leg

Version 2023
ICD-10:L97.80
Short Description:Non-pressure chronic ulcer of other part of unsp lower leg
Long Description:Non-pressure chronic ulcer of other part of unspecified lower leg
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)

L97.80 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 other part of unspecified lower leg. 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 L97.80 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.

Specific Coding for Non-pressure chronic ulcer of other part of unsp lower leg

Non-specific codes like L97.80 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 other part of unsp lower leg:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L97.801 for Non-pressure chronic ulcer of other part of unspecified lower leg limited to breakdown of skin
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L97.802 for Non-pressure chronic ulcer of other part of unspecified lower leg with fat layer exposed
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L97.803 for Non-pressure chronic ulcer of other part of unspecified lower leg with necrosis of muscle
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L97.804 for Non-pressure chronic ulcer of other part of unspecified lower leg with necrosis of bone
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L97.805 for Non-pressure chronic ulcer of other part of unspecified lower leg with muscle involvement without evidence of necrosis
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L97.806 for Non-pressure chronic ulcer of other part of unspecified lower leg with bone involvement without evidence of necrosis
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L97.808 for Non-pressure chronic ulcer of other part of unspecified lower leg with other specified severity
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use L97.809 for Non-pressure chronic ulcer of other part of unspecified lower leg with unspecified severity

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