ICD-10-CM Code S21.209

Unspecified open wound of unspecified back wall of thorax without penetration into thoracic cavity

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

S21.209 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of unspecified open wound of unspecified back wall of thorax without penetration into thoracic cavity. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. The ICD-10-CM code S21.209 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like avulsion of skin, degloving injury back, degloving injury of trunk, degloving injury, scapular area, dislocation of costovertebral joint, dislocation of scapulothoracic joint, etc

ICD-10:S21.209
Short Description:Unsp opn wnd unsp bk wl of thorax w/o penet thoracic cavity
Long Description:Unspecified open wound of unspecified back wall of thorax without penetration into thoracic cavity

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

  • S21.209A - Unspecified open wound of unspecified back wall of thorax without penetration into thoracic cavity, initial encounter
  • S21.209D - Unspecified open wound of unspecified back wall of thorax without penetration into thoracic cavity, subsequent encounter
  • S21.209S - Unspecified open wound of unspecified back wall of thorax without penetration into thoracic cavity, sequela

Synonyms

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

  • Avulsion of skin
  • Degloving injury back
  • Degloving injury of trunk
  • Degloving injury, scapular area
  • Dislocation of costovertebral joint
  • Dislocation of scapulothoracic joint
  • Fracture of first thoracic vertebra
  • Fracture of fourth thoracic vertebra
  • Fracture of second thoracic vertebra
  • Fracture of third thoracic vertebra
  • Glass in back
  • Injury at T7 - T12 level with central cord syndrome
  • Injury at T7-T12 level with anterior cord syndrome
  • Open dislocation of scapula
  • Open dislocation of thoracic and/or lumbar spine
  • Open dislocation of thoracic and/or lumbar spine
  • Open dislocation thoracic spine
  • Open fracture of first thoracic vertebra
  • Open fracture of fourth thoracic vertebra
  • Open fracture of second thoracic vertebra
  • Open fracture of T7-T12 level with anterior cord syndrome
  • Open fracture of T7-T12 level with central cord syndrome
  • Open fracture of T7-T12 level with spinal cord injury
  • Open fracture of third thoracic vertebra
  • Open fracture of thoracic spine with spinal cord injury
  • Open spinal dislocation with anterior thoracic cord lesion
  • Open spinal dislocation with central thoracic cord lesion
  • Open spinal dislocation with complete thoracic cord lesion
  • Open spinal dislocation with posterior thoracic cord lesion
  • Open spinal fracture with central thoracic cord lesion, T7-12
  • Open spinal subluxation with anterior thoracic cord lesion
  • Open spinal subluxation with central thoracic cord lesion
  • Open spinal subluxation with complete thoracic cord lesion
  • Open spinal subluxation with posterior thoracic cord lesion
  • Open subluxation thoracic spine
  • Open traumatic dislocation costovertebral joint
  • Open traumatic dislocation of scapulothoracic joint
  • Open wound of back
  • Open wound of back wall of thorax
  • Open wound of back with complication
  • Open wound of back, uncomplicated
  • Open wound of scapular region
  • Open wound of scapular region with complication
  • Open wound of scapular region with tendon involvement
  • Open wound of scapular region without complication
  • Spinal dislocation with thoracic cord lesion
  • Spinal dislocation with thoracic cord lesion
  • Spinal dislocation with thoracic cord lesion
  • Spinal dislocation with thoracic cord lesion
  • Spinal subluxation with thoracic cord lesion
  • Spinal subluxation with thoracic cord lesion
  • Spinal subluxation with thoracic cord lesion
  • Spinal subluxation with thoracic cord lesion
  • Subluxation of joint of thoracic spine
  • Traumatic dislocation of joint of thoracic vertebra
  • Traumatic dislocation of scapulothoracic joint

Code Classification

  • Injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes (S00–T98)
    • Injuries to the thorax (S20-S29)
      • Open wound of thorax (S21)

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


Back Injuries

Your back is made of bones, muscles, and other tissues extending from your neck to your pelvis. Back injuries can result from sports injuries, work around the house or in the garden, or a sudden jolt such as a car accident. The lower back is the most common site of back injuries and back pain. Common back injuries include

  • Sprains and strains
  • Herniated disks
  • Fractured vertebrae

These injuries can cause pain and limit your movement. Treatments vary but might include medicines, icing, bed rest, physical therapy, or surgery. You might be able to prevent some back injuries by maintaining a healthy weight, lifting objects with your legs, and using lower-back support when you sit.


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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

  • Animal bites
  • Bruises
  • Burns
  • Dislocations
  • Electrical injuries
  • Fractures
  • Sprains and strains

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