2022 ICD-10-CM Code S30.856A

Superficial foreign body of unspecified external genital organs, female, initial encounter

Version 2021

Valid for Submission

ICD-10:S30.856A
Short Description:Superficial fb of unsp external genital organs, female, init
Long Description:Superficial foreign body of unspecified external genital organs, female, initial encounter

Code Classification

  • Injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes (S00–T98)
    • Injuries to the abdomen, lower back, lumbar spine, pelvis and external genitals (S30-S39)
      • Superfic inj abdomen, low back, pelvis and external genitals (S30)

S30.856A is a billable diagnosis code used to specify a medical diagnosis of superficial foreign body of unspecified external genital organs, female, initial encounter. The code S30.856A is valid during the fiscal year 2022 from October 01, 2021 through September 30, 2022 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

The ICD-10-CM code S30.856A might also be used to specify conditions or terms like foreign body of skin of genitalia, foreign body of skin of perineum, wood splinter in genitalia or wood splinter in trunk.

The code S30.856A is applicable to female patients only. It is clinically and virtually impossible to use this code on a non-female patient.

S30.856A is an initial encounter code, includes a 7th character and should be used while the patient is receiving active treatment for a condition like superficial foreign body of unspecified external genital organs female. According to ICD-10-CM Guidelines an "initial encounter" doesn't necessarily means "initial visit". The 7th character should be used when the patient is undergoing active treatment regardless if new or different providers saw the patient over the course of a treatment. The appropriate 7th character codes should also be used even if the patient delayed seeking treatment for a condition.

Unspecified diagnosis codes like S30.856A 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 Superfic inj abdomen, low back, pelvis and external genitals (S30). Use the following options for the aplicable episode of care:

Code Edits

The Medicare Code Editor (MCE) detects and reports errors in the coding of claims data. The following ICD-10 Code Edits are applicable to this code:

Approximate Synonyms

The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:

Convert S30.856A to ICD-9 Code

The General Equivalency Mapping (GEM) crosswalk indicates an approximate mapping between the ICD-10 code S30.856A its ICD-9 equivalent. The approximate mapping means there is not an exact match between the ICD-10 code and the ICD-9 code and the mapped code is not a precise representation of the original code.

Information for Patients


Foreign Bodies

If you've ever gotten a splinter or had sand in your eye, you've had experience with a foreign body. A foreign body is something that is stuck inside you but isn't supposed to be there. You may inhale or swallow a foreign body, or you may get one from an injury to almost any part of your body. Foreign bodies are more common in small children, who sometimes stick things in their mouths, ears, and noses.

Some foreign bodies, like a small splinter, do not cause serious harm. Inhaled or swallowed foreign bodies may cause choking or bowel obstruction and may require medical care.


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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)