ICD-10-CM Code S06.0X


Version 2020 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

S06.0X is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of concussion. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

Short Description:Concussion
Long Description:Concussion

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

  • S06.0X0 - Concussion without loss of consciousness
  • S06.0X0A - Concussion without loss of consciousness, initial encounter
  • S06.0X0D - Concussion without loss of consciousness, subsequent encounter
  • S06.0X0S - Concussion without loss of consciousness, sequela
  • S06.0X1 - Concussion with loss of consciousness of 30 minutes or less
  • S06.0X1A - Concussion with loss of consciousness of 30 minutes or less, initial encounter
  • S06.0X1D - Concussion with loss of consciousness of 30 minutes or less, subsequent encounter
  • S06.0X1S - Concussion with loss of consciousness of 30 minutes or less, sequela
  • S06.0X9 - Concussion with loss of consciousness of unspecified duration
  • S06.0X9A - Concussion with loss of consciousness of unspecified duration, initial encounter
  • S06.0X9D - Concussion with loss of consciousness of unspecified duration, subsequent encounter
  • S06.0X9S - Concussion with loss of consciousness of unspecified duration, sequela

Clinical Information

  • BRAIN CONCUSSION-. a nonspecific term used to describe transient alterations or loss of consciousness following closed head injuries. the duration of unconsciousness generally lasts a few seconds but may persist for several hours. concussions may be classified as mild intermediate and severe. prolonged periods of unconsciousness often defined as greater than 6 hours in duration may be referred to as post traumatic coma coma post head injury. from rowland merritt's textbook of neurology 9th ed p418
  • COMMOTIO CORDIS-. a sudden cardiac arrhythmia e.g. ventricular fibrillation caused by a blunt non penetrating impact to the precordial region of chest wall. commotio cordis often results in sudden death without prompt cardiopulmonary defibrillation.

Code Classification

  • Injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes (S00–T98)
    • Injuries to the head (S00-S09)
      • Intracranial injury (S06)

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


A concussion is a type of brain injury. It involves a short loss of normal brain function. It happens when a hit to the head or body causes your head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, creating chemical changes in your brain. Sometimes it can also stretch and damage your brain cells.

Sometimes people call a concussion a "mild" brain injury. It is important to understand that while concussions may not be life-threatening, they can still be serious.

Concussions are a common type of sports injury. Other causes of concussions include blows to the head, bumping your head when you fall, being violently shaken, and car accidents.

Symptoms of a concussion may not start right away; they may start days or weeks after the injury. Symptoms may include a headache or neck pain. You may also have nausea, ringing in your ears, dizziness, or tiredness. You may feel dazed or not your normal self for several days or weeks after the injury. Consult your health care professional if any of your symptoms get worse, or if you have more serious symptoms such as

  • Convulsions or seizures
  • Drowsiness or inability to wake up
  • A headache that gets worse and does not go away
  • Weakness, numbness, or decreased coordination
  • Repeated vomiting or nausea
  • Confusion
  • Slurred speech
  • Loss of consciousness

To diagnose a concussion, your health care provider will do a physical exam and will ask about your injury. You will most likely have a neurological exam, which checks your vision, balance, coordination, and reflexes. Your health care provider may also evaluate your memory and thinking. In some cases, you may also have a scan of the brain, such as a CT scan or an MRI. A scan can check for bleeding or inflammation in the brain, as well as skull fractures.

Most people recover fully after a concussion, but it can take some time. Rest is very important after a concussion because it helps the brain to heal. In the very beginning, you may need to limit physical activities or activities that involve a lot of concentration, such as studying, working on the computer, or playing video games. Doing these may cause concussion symptoms (such as headache or tiredness) to come back or get worse. Then when your health care provider says that it is ok, you can start to return to your normal activities slowly.

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