Not Valid for Submission
S24.109 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of unspecified injury at unspecified level of thoracic spinal cord. The code 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.
The ICD-10-CM code S24.109 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like closed fracture of t1-t6 level with spinal cord injury, closed fracture of thoracic region with spinal cord injury, fracture of thoracic spine with cord lesion, injury of nerves and spinal cord at thorax level, injury of thoracic spinal cord , injury of thoracic spine, etc.
Unspecified diagnosis codes like S24.109 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.
Specific Coding for Unsp injury at unspecified level of thoracic spinal cord
Header codes like S24.109 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 unsp injury at unspecified level of thoracic spinal cord:
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 S24.109:
Inclusion TermsInclusion 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 thoracic 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 S24.109 are found in the index:
The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:
- Closed fracture of T1-T6 level with spinal cord injury
- Closed fracture of thoracic region with spinal cord injury
- Fracture of thoracic spine with cord lesion
- Injury of nerves and spinal cord at thorax level
- Injury of thoracic spinal cord
- Injury of thoracic spine
- Laceration of spinal cord
- Laceration of thoracic spinal cord
- Open fracture of T7-T12 level with spinal cord injury
- Open fracture of thoracic spine with spinal cord injury
- Spinal dislocation with thoracic cord lesion
- Spinal subluxation with thoracic cord lesion
- Thoracic cord injury without spinal bone injury
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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