2021 ICD-10-CM Code S24.1

Other and unspecified injuries of thoracic spinal cord

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

S24.1 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 and unspecified injuries of thoracic spinal cord. 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.

Unspecified diagnosis codes like S24.1 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.

ICD-10:S24.1
Short Description:Other and unspecified injuries of thoracic spinal cord
Long Description:Other and unspecified injuries of thoracic spinal cord

Code Classification

Coding Guidelines

The appropriate 7th character is to be added to each code from block Injury of nerves and spinal cord at thorax level (S24). Use the following options for the aplicable episode of care:

Specific Coding for Other and unspecified injuries of thoracic spinal cord

Non-specific codes like S24.1 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 and unspecified injuries of thoracic spinal cord:

  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S24.10 for Unspecified injury of thoracic spinal cord
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S24.101 for Unspecified injury at T1 level of thoracic spinal cord
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.101A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.101D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.101S for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S24.102 for Unspecified injury at T2-T6 level of thoracic spinal cord
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.102A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.102D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.102S for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S24.103 for Unspecified injury at T7-T10 level of thoracic spinal cord
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.103A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.103D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.103S for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S24.104 for Unspecified injury at T11-T12 level of thoracic spinal cord
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.104A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.104D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.104S for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S24.109 for Unspecified injury at unspecified level of thoracic spinal cord
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.109A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.109D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.109S for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S24.11 for Complete lesion of thoracic spinal cord
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S24.111 for Complete lesion at T1 level of thoracic spinal cord
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.111A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.111D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.111S for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S24.112 for Complete lesion at T2-T6 level of thoracic spinal cord
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.112A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.112D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.112S for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S24.113 for Complete lesion at T7-T10 level of thoracic spinal cord
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.113A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.113D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.113S for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S24.114 for Complete lesion at T11-T12 level of thoracic spinal cord
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.114A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.114D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.114S for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S24.119 for Complete lesion at unspecified level of thoracic spinal cord
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.119A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.119D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.119S for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S24.13 for Anterior cord syndrome of thoracic spinal cord
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S24.131 for Anterior cord syndrome at T1 level of thoracic spinal cord
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.131A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.131D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.131S for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S24.132 for Anterior cord syndrome at T2-T6 level of thoracic spinal cord
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.132A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.132D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.132S for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S24.133 for Anterior cord syndrome at T7-T10 level of thoracic spinal cord
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.133A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.133D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.133S for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S24.134 for Anterior cord syndrome at T11-T12 level of thoracic spinal cord
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.134A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.134D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.134S for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S24.139 for Anterior cord syndrome at unspecified level of thoracic spinal cord
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.139A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.139D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.139S for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S24.14 for Brown-Sequard syndrome of thoracic spinal cord
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S24.141 for Brown-Sequard syndrome at T1 level of thoracic spinal cord
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.141A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.141D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.141S for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S24.142 for Brown-Sequard syndrome at T2-T6 level of thoracic spinal cord
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.142A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.142D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.142S for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S24.143 for Brown-Sequard syndrome at T7-T10 level of thoracic spinal cord
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.143A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.143D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.143S for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S24.144 for Brown-Sequard syndrome at T11-T12 level of thoracic spinal cord
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.144A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.144D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.144S for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S24.149 for Brown-Sequard syndrome at unspecified level of thoracic spinal cord
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.149A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.149D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.149S for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S24.15 for Other incomplete lesions of thoracic spinal cord
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S24.151 for Other incomplete lesion at T1 level of thoracic spinal cord
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.151A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.151D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.151S for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S24.152 for Other incomplete lesion at T2-T6 level of thoracic spinal cord
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.152A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.152D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.152S for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S24.153 for Other incomplete lesion at T7-T10 level of thoracic spinal cord
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.153A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.153D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.153S for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S24.154 for Other incomplete lesion at T11-T12 level of thoracic spinal cord
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.154A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.154D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.154S for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S24.159 for Other incomplete lesion at unspecified level of thoracic spinal cord
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.159A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.159D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S24.159S for sequela

Information for Patients


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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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)