2021 ICD-10-CM Code S24.15

Other incomplete lesions of thoracic spinal cord

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

S24.15 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 incomplete lesions 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:S24.15
Short Description:Other incomplete lesions of thoracic spinal cord
Long Description:Other incomplete lesions of thoracic spinal cord

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Other incomplete lesions of thoracic spinal cord

Non-specific codes like S24.15 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 incomplete lesions of thoracic spinal cord:

  • Use S24.151 for Other incomplete lesion at T1 level of thoracic spinal cord NON-BILLABLE CODE
  • Use S24.151A for initial encounter BILLABLE CODE
  • Use S24.151D for subsequent encounter BILLABLE CODE
  • Use S24.151S for sequela BILLABLE CODE
  • Use S24.152 for Other incomplete lesion at T2-T6 level of thoracic spinal cord NON-BILLABLE CODE
  • Use S24.152A for initial encounter BILLABLE CODE
  • Use S24.152D for subsequent encounter BILLABLE CODE
  • Use S24.152S for sequela BILLABLE CODE
  • Use S24.153 for Other incomplete lesion at T7-T10 level of thoracic spinal cord NON-BILLABLE CODE
  • Use S24.153A for initial encounter BILLABLE CODE
  • Use S24.153D for subsequent encounter BILLABLE CODE
  • Use S24.153S for sequela BILLABLE CODE
  • Use S24.154 for Other incomplete lesion at T11-T12 level of thoracic spinal cord NON-BILLABLE CODE
  • Use S24.154A for initial encounter BILLABLE CODE
  • Use S24.154D for subsequent encounter BILLABLE CODE
  • Use S24.154S for sequela BILLABLE CODE
  • Use S24.159 for Other incomplete lesion at unspecified level of thoracic spinal cord NON-BILLABLE CODE
  • Use S24.159A for initial encounter BILLABLE CODE
  • Use S24.159D for subsequent encounter BILLABLE CODE
  • Use S24.159S for sequela 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 S24.15:


Inclusion Terms

Inclusion Terms
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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)