2021 ICD-10-CM Code S24.13

Anterior cord syndrome of thoracic spinal cord

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

S24.13 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of anterior cord syndrome 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.

ICD-10:S24.13
Short Description:Anterior cord syndrome of thoracic spinal cord
Long Description:Anterior cord syndrome 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 Anterior cord syndrome of thoracic spinal cord

Non-specific codes like S24.13 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 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

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)