2021 ICD-10-CM Code S10.9

Superficial injury of unspecified part of neck

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

S10.9 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of superficial injury of unspecified part of neck. 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.

Unspecified diagnosis codes like S10.9 are acceptable when clinical information is unknown or not available about a particular condition. Although a more specific code is preferable, unspecified codes should be used when such codes most accurately reflect what is known about a patient's condition. Specific diagnosis codes should not be used if not supported by the patient's medical record.

ICD-10:S10.9
Short Description:Superficial injury of unspecified part of neck
Long Description:Superficial injury of unspecified part of neck

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Superficial injury of unspecified part of neck

Non-specific codes like S10.9 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 superficial injury of unspecified part of neck:

  • Use S10.90 for Unspecified superficial injury of unspecified part of neck
  • Use S10.90XA for initial encounter
  • Use S10.90XD for subsequent encounter
  • Use S10.90XS for sequela
  • Use S10.91 for Abrasion of unspecified part of neck
  • Use S10.91XA for initial encounter
  • Use S10.91XD for subsequent encounter
  • Use S10.91XS for sequela
  • Use S10.92 for Blister (nonthermal) of unspecified part of neck
  • Use S10.92XA for initial encounter
  • Use S10.92XD for subsequent encounter
  • Use S10.92XS for sequela
  • Use S10.93 for Contusion of unspecified part of neck
  • Use S10.93XA for initial encounter
  • Use S10.93XD for subsequent encounter
  • Use S10.93XS for sequela
  • Use S10.94 for External constriction of unspecified part of neck
  • Use S10.94XA for initial encounter
  • Use S10.94XD for subsequent encounter
  • Use S10.94XS for sequela
  • Use S10.95 for Superficial foreign body of unspecified part of neck
  • Use S10.95XA for initial encounter
  • Use S10.95XD for subsequent encounter
  • Use S10.95XS for sequela
  • Use S10.96 for Insect bite of unspecified part of neck
  • Use S10.96XA for initial encounter
  • Use S10.96XD for subsequent encounter
  • Use S10.96XS for sequela
  • Use S10.97 for Other superficial bite of unspecified part of neck
  • Use S10.97XA for initial encounter
  • Use S10.97XD for subsequent encounter
  • Use S10.97XS for sequela

Information for Patients


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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)