2022 ICD-10-CM Code S11.2

Open wound of pharynx and cervical esophagus

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

ICD-10:S11.2
Short Description:Open wound of pharynx and cervical esophagus
Long Description:Open wound of pharynx and cervical esophagus

Code Classification

  • Injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes (S00–T98)
    • Injuries to the neck (S10-S19)
      • Open wound of neck (S11)

S11.2 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of open wound of pharynx and cervical esophagus. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2022 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.

Coding Guidelines

The appropriate 7th character is to be added to each code from block Open wound of neck (S11). Use the following options for the aplicable episode of care:

Specific Coding for Open wound of pharynx and cervical esophagus

Non-specific codes like S11.2 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 open wound of pharynx and cervical esophagus:

  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S11.20 for Unspecified open wound of pharynx and cervical esophagus
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S11.20XA for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S11.20XD for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S11.20XS for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S11.21 for Laceration without foreign body of pharynx and cervical esophagus
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S11.21XA for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S11.21XD for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S11.21XS for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S11.22 for Laceration with foreign body of pharynx and cervical esophagus
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S11.22XA for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S11.22XD for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S11.22XS for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S11.23 for Puncture wound without foreign body of pharynx and cervical esophagus
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S11.23XA for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S11.23XD for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S11.23XS for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S11.24 for Puncture wound with foreign body of pharynx and cervical esophagus
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S11.24XA for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S11.24XD for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S11.24XS for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S11.25 for Open bite of pharynx and cervical esophagus
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S11.25XA for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S11.25XD for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S11.25XS for 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 coding notes and guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more. The following references are applicable to the code S11.2:


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.

Information for Patients


Esophagus Disorders

The esophagus is the muscular tube that carries food and liquids from your mouth to the stomach. You may not be aware of your esophagus until you swallow something too large, too hot, or too cold. You may also notice it when something is wrong. You may feel pain or have trouble swallowing.

The most common problem with the esophagus is GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). With GERD, a muscle at the end of your esophagus does not close properly. This allows stomach contents to leak back, or reflux, into the esophagus and irritate it. Over time, GERD can cause damage to the esophagus.

Other problems include heartburn, cancer, and eosinophilic esophagitis. Doctors may use various tests to make a diagnosis. These include imaging tests, an upper endoscopy, and a biopsy.

Treatment depends on the problem. Some problems get better with over-the-counter medicines or changes in diet. Others may need prescription medicines or surgery.

NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases


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Neck Injuries and Disorders

Any part of your neck - muscles, bones, joints, tendons, ligaments, or nerves - can cause neck problems. Neck pain is very common. Pain may also come from your shoulder, jaw, head, or upper arms.

Muscle strain or tension often causes neck pain. The problem is usually overuse, such as from sitting at a computer for too long. Sometimes you can strain your neck muscles from sleeping in an awkward position or overdoing it during exercise. Falls or accidents, including car accidents, are another common cause of neck pain. Whiplash, a soft tissue injury to the neck, is also called neck sprain or strain.

Treatment depends on the cause, but may include applying ice, taking pain relievers, getting physical therapy or wearing a cervical collar. You rarely need surgery.


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Wounds and Injuries

An injury is damage to your body. It is a general term that refers to harm caused by accidents, falls, hits, weapons, and more. In the U.S., millions of people injure themselves every year. These injuries range from minor to life-threatening. Injuries can happen at work or play, indoors or outdoors, driving a car, or walking across the street.

Wounds are injuries that break the skin or other body tissues. They include cuts, scrapes, scratches, and punctured skin. They often happen because of an accident, but surgery, sutures, and stitches also cause wounds. Minor wounds usually aren't serious, but it is important to clean them. Serious and infected wounds may require first aid followed by a visit to your doctor. You should also seek attention if the wound is deep, you cannot close it yourself, you cannot stop the bleeding or get the dirt out, or it does not heal.

Other common types of injuries include


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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)