2021 ICD-10-CM Code S02.10

Unspecified fracture of base of skull

Version 2021
Non-Billable Code
Unspecified Code

Not Valid for Submission

S02.10 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of unspecified fracture of base of skull. The code 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.

Unspecified diagnosis codes like S02.10 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.

ICD-10:S02.10
Short Description:Unspecified fracture of base of skull
Long Description:Unspecified fracture of base of skull

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Unspecified fracture of base of skull

Header codes like S02.10 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 unspecified fracture of base of skull:

  • S02.101 - Fracture of base of skull, right side
  • S02.101A - Fracture of base of skull, right side, initial encounter for closed fracture
  • S02.101B - Fracture of base of skull, right side, initial encounter for open fracture
  • S02.101D - Fracture of base of skull, right side, subsequent encounter for fracture with routine healing
  • S02.101G - Fracture of base of skull, right side, subsequent encounter for fracture with delayed healing
  • S02.101K - Fracture of base of skull, right side, subsequent encounter for fracture with nonunion
  • S02.101S - Fracture of base of skull, right side, sequela
  • S02.102 - Fracture of base of skull, left side
  • S02.102A - Fracture of base of skull, left side, initial encounter for closed fracture
  • S02.102B - Fracture of base of skull, left side, initial encounter for open fracture
  • S02.102D - Fracture of base of skull, left side, subsequent encounter for fracture with routine healing
  • S02.102G - Fracture of base of skull, left side, subsequent encounter for fracture with delayed healing
  • S02.102K - Fracture of base of skull, left side, subsequent encounter for fracture with nonunion
  • S02.102S - Fracture of base of skull, left side, sequela
  • S02.109 - Fracture of base of skull, unspecified side
  • S02.109A - Fracture of base of skull, unspecified side, initial encounter for closed fracture
  • S02.109B - Fracture of base of skull, unspecified side, initial encounter for open fracture
  • S02.109D - Fracture of base of skull, unspecified side, subsequent encounter for fracture with routine healing
  • S02.109G - Fracture of base of skull, unspecified side, subsequent encounter for fracture with delayed healing
  • S02.109K - Fracture of base of skull, unspecified side, subsequent encounter for fracture with nonunion
  • S02.109S - Fracture of base of skull, unspecified side, sequela

Index to Diseases and Injuries

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 the code S02.10 are found in the index:

Information for Patients


Fractures

Also called: Broken bone

A fracture is a break, usually in a bone. If the broken bone punctures the skin, it is called an open or compound fracture. Fractures commonly happen because of car accidents, falls, or sports injuries. Other causes are low bone density and osteoporosis, which cause weakening of the bones. Overuse can cause stress fractures, which are very small cracks in the bone.

Symptoms of a fracture are

You need to get medical care right away for any fracture. An x-ray can tell if your bone is broken. You may need to wear a cast or splint. Sometimes you need surgery to put in plates, pins or screws to keep the bone in place.


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Head Injuries

Also called: Cranial injuries, Skull fractures, Skull injuries

Chances are you've bumped your head before. Often, the injury is minor because your skull is hard and it protects your brain. But other head injuries can be more severe, such as a skull fracture, concussion, or traumatic brain injury.

Head injuries can be open or closed. A closed injury does not break through the skull. With an open, or penetrating, injury, an object pierces the skull and enters the brain. Closed injuries are not always less severe than open injuries.

Some common causes of head injuries are falls, motor vehicle accidents, violence, and sports injuries.

It is important to know the warning signs of a moderate or severe head injury. Get help immediately if the injured person has

Doctors use a neurologic exam and imaging tests to make a diagnosis. Treatment depends on the type of injury and how severe it is.

NIH: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke


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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)