2021 ICD-10-CM Code S36.03

Laceration of spleen

Version 2021
Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

S36.03 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of laceration of spleen. 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:S36.03
Short Description:Laceration of spleen
Long Description:Laceration of spleen

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Laceration of spleen

Header codes like S36.03 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 laceration of spleen:

  • S36.030 - Superficial (capsular) laceration of spleen
  • S36.030A - Superficial (capsular) laceration of spleen, initial encounter
  • S36.030D - Superficial (capsular) laceration of spleen, subsequent encounter
  • S36.030S - Superficial (capsular) laceration of spleen, sequela
  • S36.031 - Moderate laceration of spleen
  • S36.031A - Moderate laceration of spleen, initial encounter
  • S36.031D - Moderate laceration of spleen, subsequent encounter
  • S36.031S - Moderate laceration of spleen, sequela
  • S36.032 - Major laceration of spleen
  • S36.032A - Major laceration of spleen, initial encounter
  • S36.032D - Major laceration of spleen, subsequent encounter
  • S36.032S - Major laceration of spleen, sequela
  • S36.039 - Unspecified laceration of spleen
  • S36.039A - Unspecified laceration of spleen, initial encounter
  • S36.039D - Unspecified laceration of spleen, subsequent encounter
  • S36.039S - Unspecified laceration of spleen, sequela

Information for Patients


Spleen Diseases

Also called: Splenic diseases

Your spleen is an organ above your stomach and under your ribs on your left side. It is about as big as your fist. The spleen is part of your lymphatic system, which fights infection and keeps your body fluids in balance. It contains white blood cells that fight germs. Your spleen also helps control the amount of blood in your body, and destroys old and damaged cells.

Certain diseases might cause your spleen to swell. You can also damage or rupture your spleen in an injury, especially if it is already swollen. If your spleen is too damaged, you might need surgery to remove it. You can live without a spleen. Other organs, such as your liver, will take over some of the spleen's work. Without a spleen, however, your body will lose some of its ability to fight infections.


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Wounds and Injuries

Also called: Traumatic 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)