2021 ICD-10-CM Code S22

Fracture of rib(s), sternum and thoracic spine

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

S22 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of fracture of rib(s), sternum and thoracic spine. 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.

ICD-10:S22
Short Description:Fracture of rib(s), sternum and thoracic spine
Long Description:Fracture of rib(s), sternum and thoracic spine

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Fracture of rib(s), sternum and thoracic spine

Non-specific codes like S22 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 fracture of rib(s), sternum and thoracic spine:

  • Use S22.0 for Fracture of thoracic vertebra NON-BILLABLE CODE
  • Use S22.00 for Fracture of unspecified thoracic vertebra NON-BILLABLE CODE
  • Use S22.01 for Fracture of first thoracic vertebra NON-BILLABLE CODE
  • Use S22.02 for Fracture of second thoracic vertebra NON-BILLABLE CODE
  • Use S22.03 for Fracture of third thoracic vertebra NON-BILLABLE CODE
  • Use S22.04 for Fracture of fourth thoracic vertebra NON-BILLABLE CODE
  • Use S22.05 for Fracture of T5-T6 vertebra NON-BILLABLE CODE
  • Use S22.06 for Fracture of T7-T8 vertebra NON-BILLABLE CODE
  • Use S22.07 for Fracture of T9-T10 vertebra NON-BILLABLE CODE
  • Use S22.08 for Fracture of T11-T12 vertebra NON-BILLABLE CODE
  • Use S22.2 for Fracture of sternum NON-BILLABLE CODE
  • Use S22.20 for Unspecified fracture of sternum NON-BILLABLE CODE
  • Use S22.21 for Fracture of manubrium NON-BILLABLE CODE
  • Use S22.22 for Fracture of body of sternum NON-BILLABLE CODE
  • Use S22.23 for Sternal manubrial dissociation NON-BILLABLE CODE
  • Use S22.24 for Fracture of xiphoid process NON-BILLABLE CODE
  • Use S22.3 for Fracture of one rib NON-BILLABLE CODE
  • Use S22.31 for Fracture of one rib, right side NON-BILLABLE CODE
  • Use S22.32 for Fracture of one rib, left side NON-BILLABLE CODE
  • Use S22.39 for Fracture of one rib, unspecified side NON-BILLABLE CODE
  • Use S22.4 for Multiple fractures of ribs NON-BILLABLE CODE
  • Use S22.41 for Multiple fractures of ribs, right side NON-BILLABLE CODE
  • Use S22.42 for Multiple fractures of ribs, left side NON-BILLABLE CODE
  • Use S22.43 for Multiple fractures of ribs, bilateral NON-BILLABLE CODE
  • Use S22.49 for Multiple fractures of ribs, unspecified side NON-BILLABLE CODE
  • Use S22.5 for Flail chest NON-BILLABLE CODE
  • Use S22.9 for Fracture of bony thorax, part unspecified NON-BILLABLE CODE

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 S22:


Includes

Includes
This note appears immediately under a three character code title to further define, or give examples of, the content of the category.

Code First

Code First
Certain conditions have both an underlying etiology and multiple body system manifestations due to the underlying etiology. For such conditions, the ICD-10-CM has a coding convention that requires the underlying condition be sequenced first followed by the manifestation. Wherever such a combination exists, there is a "use additional code" note at the etiology code, and a "code first" note at the manifestation code. These instructional notes indicate the proper sequencing order of the codes, etiology followed by manifestation.

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.

Type 2 Excludes

Type 2 Excludes
A type 2 excludes note represents "Not included here". An excludes2 note indicates that the condition excluded is not part of the condition represented by the code, but a patient may have both conditions at the same time. When an Excludes2 note appears under a code, it is acceptable to use both the code and the excluded code together, when appropriate.

7th Character Note

7th Character Note
Certain ICD-10-CM categories have applicable 7th characters. The applicable 7th character is required for all codes within the category, or as the notes in the Tabular List instruct. The 7th character must always be the 7th character in the data field. If a code that requires a 7th character is not 6 characters, a placeholder X must be used to fill in the empty characters.

7th Character

7th Character
Indicates that a seventh character is to be assigned to codes in a subcategory.

Information for Patients


Chest Injuries and Disorders

The chest is the part of the body between your neck and your abdomen. It includes the ribs and breastbone. Inside your chest are several organs, including the heart, lungs, and esophagus. The pleura, a large thin sheet of tissue, lines the inside of the chest cavity.

Chest injuries and disorders include


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Fractures

Also called: Broken bone

A fracture is a break, usually in a bone. If the broken bone punctures the skin, it is called an open or compound fracture. Fractures commonly happen because of car accidents, falls, or sports injuries. Other causes are low bone density and osteoporosis, which cause weakening of the bones. Overuse can cause stress fractures, which are very small cracks in the bone.

Symptoms of a fracture are

You need to get medical care right away for any fracture. An x-ray can tell if your bone is broken. You may need to wear a cast or splint. Sometimes you need surgery to put in plates, pins or screws to keep the bone in place.


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Spine Injuries and Disorders

Your backbone, or spine, is made up of 26 bone discs called vertebrae. The vertebrae protect your spinal cord and allow you to stand and bend. A number of problems can change the structure of the spine or damage the vertebrae and surrounding tissue. They include

Spinal diseases often cause pain when bone changes put pressure on the spinal cord or nerves. They can also limit movement. Treatments differ by disease, but sometimes they include back braces and surgery.


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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)