2021 ICD-10-CM Code S06.2X5

Diffuse traumatic brain injury with loss of consciousness greater than 24 hours with return to pre-existing conscious levels

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

S06.2X5 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of diffuse traumatic brain injury with loss of consciousness greater than 24 hours with return to pre-existing conscious levels. 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.

The ICD-10-CM code S06.2X5 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like intracranial hemorrhage following injury with loss of consciousness, intracranial hemorrhage following injury with prolonged loss of consciousness and return to pre-existing conscious level, intracranial injury with prolonged coma, traumatic brain injury with loss of consciousness one hour or more or traumatic brain injury with prolonged loss of consciousness.

ICD-10:S06.2X5
Short Description:Diffuse TBI w LOC >24 hr w return to conscious levels
Long Description:Diffuse traumatic brain injury with loss of consciousness greater than 24 hours with return to pre-existing conscious levels

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 Diffuse TBI w LOC >24 hr w return to conscious levels

Non-specific codes like S06.2X5 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 diffuse tbi w loc >24 hr w return to conscious levels:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S06.2X5A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S06.2X5D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S06.2X5S for sequela

Approximate Synonyms

The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:

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)