ICD-10-CM Code S02.9

Fracture of unspecified skull and facial bones

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

S02.9 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of fracture of unspecified skull and facial bones. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:S02.9
Short Description:Fracture of unspecified skull and facial bones
Long Description:Fracture of unspecified skull and facial bones

Consider the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity:

  • S02.91 - Unspecified fracture of skull
  • S02.91XA - Unspecified fracture of skull, initial encounter for closed fracture
  • S02.91XB - Unspecified fracture of skull, initial encounter for open fracture
  • S02.91XD - Unspecified fracture of skull, subsequent encounter for fracture with routine healing
  • S02.91XG - Unspecified fracture of skull, subsequent encounter for fracture with delayed healing
  • S02.91XK - Unspecified fracture of skull, subsequent encounter for fracture with nonunion
  • S02.91XS - Unspecified fracture of skull, sequela
  • S02.92 - Unspecified fracture of facial bones
  • S02.92XA - Unspecified fracture of facial bones, initial encounter for closed fracture
  • S02.92XB - Unspecified fracture of facial bones, initial encounter for open fracture
  • S02.92XD - Unspecified fracture of facial bones, subsequent encounter for fracture with routine healing
  • S02.92XG - Unspecified fracture of facial bones, subsequent encounter for fracture with delayed healing
  • S02.92XK - Unspecified fracture of facial bones, subsequent encounter for fracture with nonunion
  • S02.92XS - Unspecified fracture of facial bones, sequela

Code Classification

  • Injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes (S00–T98)
    • Injuries to the head (S00-S09)
      • Fracture of skull and facial bones (S02)

Code History

  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016
    (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020

Information for Patients


Facial Injuries and Disorders

Face injuries and disorders can cause pain and affect how you look. In severe cases, they can affect sight, speech, breathing and your ability to swallow. Broken bones, especially the bones of your nose, cheekbone and jaw, are common facial injuries.

Certain diseases also lead to facial disorders. For example, nerve diseases like trigeminal neuralgia or Bell's palsy sometimes cause facial pain, spasms and trouble with eye or facial movement. Birth defects can also affect the face. They can cause underdeveloped or unusually prominent facial features or a lack of facial expression. Cleft lip and palate are a common facial birth defect.


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Fractures

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

  • Intense pain
  • Deformity - the limb looks out of place
  • Swelling, bruising, or tenderness around the injury
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Problems moving a limb

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

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

  • A headache that gets worse or does not go away
  • Repeated vomiting or nausea
  • Convulsions or seizures
  • An inability to wake up
  • Dilated (enlarged) pupil in one or both eyes
  • Slurred speech
  • Weakness or numbness in the arms or legs
  • Loss of coordination
  • Increased confusion, restlessness, or agitation

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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