2022 ICD-10-CM Code S25.50

Unspecified injury of intercostal blood vessels

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

ICD-10:S25.50
Short Description:Unspecified injury of intercostal blood vessels
Long Description:Unspecified injury of intercostal blood vessels

Code Classification

  • Injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes (S00–T98)
    • Injuries to the thorax (S20-S29)
      • Injury of blood vessels of thorax (S25)

S25.50 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of unspecified injury of intercostal blood vessels. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2022 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 S25.50 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.

Coding Guidelines

The appropriate 7th character is to be added to each code from block Injury of blood vessels of thorax (S25). Use the following options for the aplicable episode of care:

Specific Coding for Unspecified injury of intercostal blood vessels

Non-specific codes like S25.50 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 unspecified injury of intercostal blood vessels:

  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S25.501 for Unspecified injury of intercostal blood vessels, right side
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S25.501A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S25.501D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S25.501S for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S25.502 for Unspecified injury of intercostal blood vessels, left side
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S25.502A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S25.502D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S25.502S for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S25.509 for Unspecified injury of intercostal blood vessels, unspecified side
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S25.509A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S25.509D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S25.509S for sequela

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 S25.50 are found in the index:

Information for Patients


Vascular Diseases

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Your vascular system is your body's network of blood vessels. It includes your

Vascular diseases are conditions which affect your vascular system. They are common and can be serious. Some types include

What causes vascular diseases?

The causes of vascular diseases depend on the specific disease. These causes include

Sometimes the cause is unknown.

Who is at risk for vascular diseases?

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What are the symptoms of vascular diseases?

The symptoms for each disease are different.

How are vascular diseases diagnosed?

To make a diagnosis, your health care provider will do a physical exam and ask about your symptoms and medical history. You may have imaging tests and/or blood tests.

How are vascular diseases treated?

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Wounds and Injuries

An injury is damage to your body. It is a general term that refers to harm caused by accidents, falls, hits, weapons, and more. In the U.S., millions of people injure themselves every year. These injuries range from minor to life-threatening. Injuries can happen at work or play, indoors or outdoors, driving a car, or walking across the street.

Wounds are injuries that break the skin or other body tissues. They include cuts, scrapes, scratches, and punctured skin. They often happen because of an accident, but surgery, sutures, and stitches also cause wounds. Minor wounds usually aren't serious, but it is important to clean them. Serious and infected wounds may require first aid followed by a visit to your doctor. You should also seek attention if the wound is deep, you cannot close it yourself, you cannot stop the bleeding or get the dirt out, or it does not heal.

Other common types of injuries include


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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)