2021 ICD-10-CM Code S27.6

Injury of pleura

Version 2021
Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

S27.6 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 pleura. 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:S27.6
Short Description:Injury of pleura
Long Description:Injury of pleura

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Injury of pleura

Header codes like S27.6 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 pleura:

  • S27.60 - Unspecified injury of pleura
  • S27.60XA - Unspecified injury of pleura, initial encounter
  • S27.60XD - Unspecified injury of pleura, subsequent encounter
  • S27.60XS - Unspecified injury of pleura, sequela
  • S27.63 - Laceration of pleura
  • S27.63XA - Laceration of pleura, initial encounter
  • S27.63XD - Laceration of pleura, subsequent encounter
  • S27.63XS - Laceration of pleura, sequela
  • S27.69 - Other injury of pleura
  • S27.69XA - Other injury of pleura, initial encounter
  • S27.69XD - Other injury of pleura, subsequent encounter
  • S27.69XS - Other injury of pleura, 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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Pleural Disorders

Your pleura is a large, thin sheet of tissue that wraps around the outside of your lungs and lines the inside of your chest cavity. Between the layers of the pleura is a very thin space. Normally it's filled with a small amount of fluid. The fluid helps the two layers of the pleura glide smoothly past each other as your lungs breathe air in and out.

Disorders of the pleura include

Many different conditions can cause pleural problems. Viral infection is the most common cause of pleurisy. The most common cause of pleural effusion is congestive heart failure. Lung diseases, like COPD, tuberculosis, and acute lung injury, cause pneumothorax. Injury to the chest is the most common cause of hemothorax. Treatment focuses on removing fluid, air, or blood from the pleural space, relieving symptoms, and treating the underlying condition.

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)