ICD-10-CM Code S14.109

Unspecified injury at unspecified level of cervical spinal cord

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

S14.109 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of unspecified injury at unspecified level of cervical spinal cord. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. The ICD-10-CM code S14.109 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like cervical spinal cord injury, cervical spinal cord injury without spinal bone injury, closed fracture of c1-c4 level with spinal cord injury, closed fracture of c5-c7 level with spinal cord injury, closed fracture of cervical region with spinal cord injury, closed fracture of cervical spine with cord lesion, etc

ICD-10:S14.109
Short Description:Unsp injury at unspecified level of cervical spinal cord
Long Description:Unspecified injury at unspecified level of cervical spinal cord

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

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 S14.109:

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.
  • Injury of cervical spinal cord NOS

Index to Diseases and Injuries

The Index to Diseases and Injuries is an alphabetical listing of medical terms, with each term mapped to one or more ICD-10 code(s). The following references for the code S14.109 are found in the index:


Synonyms

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

  • Cervical spinal cord injury
  • Cervical spinal cord injury without spinal bone injury
  • Closed fracture of C1-C4 level with spinal cord injury
  • Closed fracture of C5-C7 level with spinal cord injury
  • Closed fracture of cervical region with spinal cord injury
  • Closed fracture of cervical spine with cord lesion
  • Fracture of cervical spine with cord lesion
  • Injuries of brain and cranial nerves with injuries of nerves and spinal cord at neck level
  • Injury of nerves and spinal cord at neck level
  • Open fracture of C1-C4 level with spinal cord injury
  • Open fracture of cervical region with spinal cord injury
  • Open fracture of cervical spine with spinal cord lesion
  • Spinal dislocation with cervical cord lesion
  • Spinal subluxation with cervical cord lesion

Code Classification

  • Injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes (S00–T98)
    • Injuries to the neck (S10-S19)
      • Injury of nerves and spinal cord at neck level (S14)

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


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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Spinal Cord Injuries

Your spinal cord is a bundle of nerves that runs down the middle of your back. It carries signals back and forth between your body and your brain. A spinal cord injury disrupts the signals. Spinal cord injuries usually begin with a blow that fractures or dislocates your vertebrae, the bone disks that make up your spine. Most injuries don't cut through your spinal cord. Instead, they cause damage when pieces of vertebrae tear into cord tissue or press down on the nerve parts that carry signals.

Spinal cord injuries can be complete or incomplete. With a complete spinal cord injury, the cord can't send signals below the level of the injury. As a result, you are paralyzed below the injury. With an incomplete injury, you have some movement and sensation below the injury.

A spinal cord injury is a medical emergency. Immediate treatment can reduce long-term effects. Treatments may include medicines, braces or traction to stabilize the spine, and surgery. Later treatment usually includes medicines and rehabilitation therapy. Mobility aids and assistive devices may help you to get around and do some daily tasks.

NIH: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke


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