2021 ICD-10-CM Code S27.81

Injury of esophagus (thoracic part)

Version 2021
Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

S27.81 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 esophagus (thoracic part). 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:S27.81
Short Description:Injury of esophagus (thoracic part)
Long Description:Injury of esophagus (thoracic part)

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Injury of esophagus (thoracic part)

Header codes like S27.81 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 esophagus (thoracic part):

  • S27.812 - Contusion of esophagus (thoracic part)
  • S27.812A - Contusion of esophagus (thoracic part), initial encounter
  • S27.812D - Contusion of esophagus (thoracic part), subsequent encounter
  • S27.812S - Contusion of esophagus (thoracic part), sequela
  • S27.813 - Laceration of esophagus (thoracic part)
  • S27.813A - Laceration of esophagus (thoracic part), initial encounter
  • S27.813D - Laceration of esophagus (thoracic part), subsequent encounter
  • S27.813S - Laceration of esophagus (thoracic part), sequela
  • S27.818 - Other injury of esophagus (thoracic part)
  • S27.818A - Other injury of esophagus (thoracic part), initial encounter
  • S27.818D - Other injury of esophagus (thoracic part), subsequent encounter
  • S27.818S - Other injury of esophagus (thoracic part), sequela
  • S27.819 - Unspecified injury of esophagus (thoracic part)
  • S27.819A - Unspecified injury of esophagus (thoracic part), initial encounter
  • S27.819D - Unspecified injury of esophagus (thoracic part), subsequent encounter
  • S27.819S - Unspecified injury of esophagus (thoracic part), 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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Esophagus Disorders

The esophagus is the muscular tube that carries food and liquids from your mouth to the stomach. You may not be aware of your esophagus until you swallow something too large, too hot, or too cold. You may also notice it when something is wrong. You may feel pain or have trouble swallowing.

The most common problem with the esophagus is GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). With GERD, a muscle at the end of your esophagus does not close properly. This allows stomach contents to leak back, or reflux, into the esophagus and irritate it. Over time, GERD can cause damage to the esophagus.

Other problems include heartburn, cancer, and eosinophilic esophagitis. Doctors may use various tests to make a diagnosis. These include imaging tests, an upper endoscopy, and a biopsy.

Treatment depends on the problem. Some problems get better with over-the-counter medicines or changes in diet. Others may need prescription medicines or surgery.

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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)