ICD-10-CM Code S08

Avulsion and traumatic amputation of part of head

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

S08 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of avulsion and traumatic amputation of part of head. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:S08
Short Description:Avulsion and traumatic amputation of part of head
Long Description:Avulsion and traumatic amputation of part of head

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

  • S08.0 - Avulsion of scalp
  • S08.0XXA - Avulsion of scalp, initial encounter
  • S08.0XXD - Avulsion of scalp, subsequent encounter
  • S08.0XXS - Avulsion of scalp, sequela
  • S08.1 - Traumatic amputation of ear
  • S08.11 - Complete traumatic amputation of ear
  • S08.111 - Complete traumatic amputation of right ear
  • S08.111A - Complete traumatic amputation of right ear, initial encounter
  • S08.111D - Complete traumatic amputation of right ear, subsequent encounter
  • S08.111S - Complete traumatic amputation of right ear, sequela
  • S08.112 - Complete traumatic amputation of left ear
  • S08.112A - Complete traumatic amputation of left ear, initial encounter
  • S08.112D - Complete traumatic amputation of left ear, subsequent encounter
  • S08.112S - Complete traumatic amputation of left ear, sequela
  • S08.119 - Complete traumatic amputation of unspecified ear
  • S08.119A - Complete traumatic amputation of unspecified ear, initial encounter
  • S08.119D - Complete traumatic amputation of unspecified ear, subsequent encounter
  • S08.119S - Complete traumatic amputation of unspecified ear, sequela
  • S08.12 - Partial traumatic amputation of ear
  • S08.121 - Partial traumatic amputation of right ear
  • S08.121A - Partial traumatic amputation of right ear, initial encounter
  • S08.121D - Partial traumatic amputation of right ear, subsequent encounter
  • S08.121S - Partial traumatic amputation of right ear, sequela
  • S08.122 - Partial traumatic amputation of left ear
  • S08.122A - Partial traumatic amputation of left ear, initial encounter
  • S08.122D - Partial traumatic amputation of left ear, subsequent encounter
  • S08.122S - Partial traumatic amputation of left ear, sequela
  • S08.129 - Partial traumatic amputation of unspecified ear
  • S08.129A - Partial traumatic amputation of unspecified ear, initial encounter
  • S08.129D - Partial traumatic amputation of unspecified ear, subsequent encounter
  • S08.129S - Partial traumatic amputation of unspecified ear, sequela
  • S08.8 - Traumatic amputation of other parts of head
  • S08.81 - Traumatic amputation of nose
  • S08.811 - Complete traumatic amputation of nose
  • S08.811A - Complete traumatic amputation of nose, initial encounter
  • S08.811D - Complete traumatic amputation of nose, subsequent encounter
  • S08.811S - Complete traumatic amputation of nose, sequela
  • S08.812 - Partial traumatic amputation of nose
  • S08.812A - Partial traumatic amputation of nose, initial encounter
  • S08.812D - Partial traumatic amputation of nose, subsequent encounter
  • S08.812S - Partial traumatic amputation of nose, sequela
  • S08.89 - Traumatic amputation of other parts of head
  • S08.89XA - Traumatic amputation of other parts of head, initial encounter
  • S08.89XD - Traumatic amputation of other parts of head, subsequent encounter
  • S08.89XS - Traumatic amputation of other parts of head, sequela

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 guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more. The following references are applicable to the code S08:

Inclusion Terms

Inclusion Terms
These terms are the conditions for which that code is to be used. The terms may be synonyms of the code title, or, in the case of "other specified" codes, the terms are a list of the various conditions assigned to that code. The inclusion terms are not necessarily exhaustive. Additional terms found only in the Alphabetic Index may also be assigned to a code.
  • An amputation not identified as partial or complete should be coded to complete

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.
  • The appropriate 7th character is to be added to each code from category S08

7th Character

7th Character
Indicates that a seventh character is to be assigned to codes in a subcategory.
  • A - initial encounter
  • D - subsequent encounter
  • S - sequela

Code Classification

  • Injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes (S00–T98)
    • Injuries to the head (S00-S09)
      • Avulsion and traumatic amputation of part of head (S08)

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


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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