2021 ICD-10-CM Code S06

Intracranial injury

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

S06 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of intracranial injury. 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:S06
Short Description:Intracranial injury
Long Description:Intracranial injury

Code Classification

Coding Guidelines

The appropriate 7th character is to be added to each code from block Intracranial injury (S06). Use the following options for the aplicable episode of care:

Specific Coding for Intracranial injury

Non-specific codes like S06 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 intracranial injury:

  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S06.0 for Concussion
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S06.0X for Concussion
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S06.1 for Traumatic cerebral edema
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S06.1X for Traumatic cerebral edema
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S06.2 for Diffuse traumatic brain injury
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S06.2X for Diffuse traumatic brain injury
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S06.3 for Focal traumatic brain injury
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S06.30 for Unspecified focal traumatic brain injury
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S06.31 for Contusion and laceration of right cerebrum
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S06.32 for Contusion and laceration of left cerebrum
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S06.33 for Contusion and laceration of cerebrum, unspecified
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S06.34 for Traumatic hemorrhage of right cerebrum
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S06.35 for Traumatic hemorrhage of left cerebrum
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S06.36 for Traumatic hemorrhage of cerebrum, unspecified
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S06.37 for Contusion, laceration, and hemorrhage of cerebellum
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S06.38 for Contusion, laceration, and hemorrhage of brainstem
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S06.4 for Epidural hemorrhage
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S06.4X for Epidural hemorrhage
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S06.5 for Traumatic subdural hemorrhage
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S06.5X for Traumatic subdural hemorrhage
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S06.6 for Traumatic subarachnoid hemorrhage
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S06.6X for Traumatic subarachnoid hemorrhage
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S06.8 for Other specified intracranial injuries
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S06.81 for Injury of right internal carotid artery, intracranial portion, not elsewhere classified
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S06.82 for Injury of left internal carotid artery, intracranial portion, not elsewhere classified
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S06.89 for Other specified intracranial injury
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S06.9 for Unspecified intracranial injury
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S06.9X for Unspecified intracranial injury

Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries

The Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries is a list of ICD-10 codes, organized "head to toe" into chapters and sections with coding notes and guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more. The following references are applicable to the code S06:


Includes

Includes
This note appears immediately under a three character code title to further define, or give examples of, the content of the category.

Code Also

Code Also
A "code also" note instructs that two codes may be required to fully describe a condition, but this note does not provide sequencing direction.

Type 1 Excludes

Type 1 Excludes
A type 1 excludes note is a pure excludes note. It means "NOT CODED HERE!" An Excludes1 note indicates that the code excluded should never be used at the same time as the code above the Excludes1 note. An Excludes1 is used when two conditions cannot occur together, such as a congenital form versus an acquired form of the same condition.

7th Character Note

7th Character Note
Certain ICD-10-CM categories have applicable 7th characters. The applicable 7th character is required for all codes within the category, or as the notes in the Tabular List instruct. The 7th character must always be the 7th character in the data field. If a code that requires a 7th character is not 6 characters, a placeholder X must be used to fill in the empty characters.

7th Character

7th Character
Indicates that a seventh character is to be assigned to codes in a subcategory.

Information for Patients


Traumatic Brain Injury

Also called: Acquired brain injury, TBI

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) happens when a bump, blow, jolt, or other head injury causes damage to the brain. Every year, millions of people in the U.S. suffer brain injuries. More than half are bad enough that people must go to the hospital. The worst injuries can lead to permanent brain damage or death. Half of all TBIs are from motor vehicle accidents. Military personnel in combat zones are also at risk.

Symptoms of a TBI may not appear until days or weeks following the injury. A concussion is the mildest type. It can cause a headache or neck pain, nausea, ringing in the ears, dizziness, and tiredness. People with a moderate or severe TBI may have those, plus other symptoms:

Health care professionals use a neurological exam and imaging tests to assess TBI. Serious traumatic brain injuries need emergency treatment. Treatment and outcome depend on how severe the injury is. TBI can cause a wide range of changes affecting thinking, sensation, language, or emotions. TBI can be associated with post-traumatic stress disorder. People with severe injuries usually need rehabilitation.

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)