2021 ICD-10-CM Code S27.5

Injury of thoracic trachea

Version 2021
Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

S27.5 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of injury of thoracic trachea. 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.

ICD-10:S27.5
Short Description:Injury of thoracic trachea
Long Description:Injury of thoracic trachea

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Injury of thoracic trachea

Header codes like S27.5 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 injury of thoracic trachea:

  • S27.50 - Unspecified injury of thoracic trachea
  • S27.50XA - Unspecified injury of thoracic trachea, initial encounter
  • S27.50XD - Unspecified injury of thoracic trachea, subsequent encounter
  • S27.50XS - Unspecified injury of thoracic trachea, sequela
  • S27.51 - Primary blast injury of thoracic trachea
  • S27.51XA - Primary blast injury of thoracic trachea, initial encounter
  • S27.51XD - Primary blast injury of thoracic trachea, subsequent encounter
  • S27.51XS - Primary blast injury of thoracic trachea, sequela
  • S27.52 - Contusion of thoracic trachea
  • S27.52XA - Contusion of thoracic trachea, initial encounter
  • S27.52XD - Contusion of thoracic trachea, subsequent encounter
  • S27.52XS - Contusion of thoracic trachea, sequela
  • S27.53 - Laceration of thoracic trachea
  • S27.53XA - Laceration of thoracic trachea, initial encounter
  • S27.53XD - Laceration of thoracic trachea, subsequent encounter
  • S27.53XS - Laceration of thoracic trachea, sequela
  • S27.59 - Other injury of thoracic trachea
  • S27.59XA - Other injury of thoracic trachea, initial encounter
  • S27.59XD - Other injury of thoracic trachea, subsequent encounter
  • S27.59XS - Other injury of thoracic trachea, sequela

Information for Patients


Chest Injuries and Disorders

The chest is the part of the body between your neck and your abdomen. It includes the ribs and breastbone. Inside your chest are several organs, including the heart, lungs, and esophagus. The pleura, a large thin sheet of tissue, lines the inside of the chest cavity.

Chest injuries and disorders include


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Tracheal Disorders

Also called: Windpipe disorders

Your trachea, or windpipe, is one part of your airway system. Airways are pipes that carry oxygen-rich air to your lungs. They also carry carbon dioxide, a waste gas, out of your lungs.

When you inhale, air travels from your nose, through your larynx, and down your windpipe. The windpipe splits into two bronchi that enter your lungs.

Problems with the trachea include narrowing, inflammation, and some inherited conditions. You may need a procedure called a tracheostomy to help you breathe if you have swallowing problems, or have conditions that affect coughing or block your airways. You might also need a tracheostomy if you are in critical care and need to be on a breathing machine.

NIH: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute


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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)