2021 ICD-10-CM Code S00.55

Superficial foreign body of lip and oral cavity

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

S00.55 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of superficial foreign body of lip and oral cavity. 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:S00.55
Short Description:Superficial foreign body of lip and oral cavity
Long Description:Superficial foreign body of lip and oral cavity

Code Classification

Coding Guidelines

The appropriate 7th character is to be added to each code from block Superficial injury of head (S00). Use the following options for the aplicable episode of care:

Specific Coding for Superficial foreign body of lip and oral cavity

Non-specific codes like S00.55 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 superficial foreign body of lip and oral cavity:

  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S00.551 for Superficial foreign body of lip
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S00.551A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S00.551D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S00.551S for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S00.552 for Superficial foreign body of oral cavity
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S00.552A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S00.552D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S00.552S for sequela

Information for Patients


Foreign Bodies

If you've ever gotten a splinter or had sand in your eye, you've had experience with a foreign body. A foreign body is something that is stuck inside you but isn't supposed to be there. You may inhale or swallow a foreign body, or you may get one from an injury to almost any part of your body. Foreign bodies are more common in small children, who sometimes stick things in their mouths, ears, and noses.

Some foreign bodies, like a small splinter, do not cause serious harm. Inhaled or swallowed foreign bodies may cause choking or bowel obstruction and may require medical care.


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Mouth Disorders

Your mouth is one of the most important parts of your body. It has many different functions. It allows you to

Any problem that affects your mouth can make it hard to eat, drink, or even smile. Some common mouth problems include

Treatment for mouth disorders varies, depending on the problem. If a mouth problem is caused by some other disease, treating that disease can help. It is also important to keep your mouth clean and healthy by brushing, flossing, and not using tobacco.


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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)