ICD-10 Code S24.11

Complete lesion of thoracic spinal cord

Diagnosis Code S24.11

ICD-10: S24.11
Short Description: Complete lesion of thoracic spinal cord
Long Description: Complete lesion of thoracic spinal cord
Version 2019 of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code S24.11

Not Valid for Submission
The code S24.11 is a "header" nonspecific and is not valid for submission for HIPAA-covered transactions. Consider using a similar code with the correct level of specificity.

Code Classification
  • Injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes (S00–T98)
    • Injuries to the thorax (S20-S29)
      • Injury of nerves and spinal cord at thorax level (S24)
Version 2019 Non-Billable Code

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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ICD-10 Footnotes

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