2022 ICD-10-CM Code S20.479

Other superficial bite of unspecified back wall of thorax

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

ICD-10:S20.479
Short Description:Other superficial bite of unspecified back wall of thorax
Long Description:Other superficial bite of unspecified back wall of thorax

Code Classification

  • Injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes (S00–T98)
    • Injuries to the thorax (S20-S29)
      • Superficial injury of thorax (S20)

S20.479 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of other superficial bite of unspecified back wall of thorax. 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.

Unspecified diagnosis codes like S20.479 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.

Coding Guidelines

The appropriate 7th character is to be added to each code from block Superficial injury of thorax (S20). Use the following options for the aplicable episode of care:

Specific Coding for Other superficial bite of unspecified back wall of thorax

Non-specific codes like S20.479 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 other superficial bite of unspecified back wall of thorax:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S20.479A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S20.479D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S20.479S for sequela

Information for Patients


Animal Bites

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To prevent animal bites and complications from bites

If an animal bites you, clean the wound with soap and water as soon as possible. Get medical attention if necessary.

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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)