ICD-10-CM Code S36.50

Unspecified injury of colon

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

S36.50 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of unspecified injury of colon. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:S36.50
Short Description:Unspecified injury of colon
Long Description:Unspecified injury of colon

Consider the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity:

  • S36.500 - Unspecified injury of ascending [right] colon
  • S36.500A - Unspecified injury of ascending [right] colon, initial encounter
  • S36.500D - Unspecified injury of ascending [right] colon, subsequent encounter
  • S36.500S - Unspecified injury of ascending [right] colon, sequela
  • S36.501 - Unspecified injury of transverse colon
  • S36.501A - Unspecified injury of transverse colon, initial encounter
  • S36.501D - Unspecified injury of transverse colon, subsequent encounter
  • S36.501S - Unspecified injury of transverse colon, sequela
  • S36.502 - Unspecified injury of descending [left] colon
  • S36.502A - Unspecified injury of descending [left] colon, initial encounter
  • S36.502D - Unspecified injury of descending [left] colon, subsequent encounter
  • S36.502S - Unspecified injury of descending [left] colon, sequela
  • S36.503 - Unspecified injury of sigmoid colon
  • S36.503A - Unspecified injury of sigmoid colon, initial encounter
  • S36.503D - Unspecified injury of sigmoid colon, subsequent encounter
  • S36.503S - Unspecified injury of sigmoid colon, sequela
  • S36.508 - Unspecified injury of other part of colon
  • S36.508A - Unspecified injury of other part of colon, initial encounter
  • S36.508D - Unspecified injury of other part of colon, subsequent encounter
  • S36.508S - Unspecified injury of other part of colon, sequela
  • S36.509 - Unspecified injury of unspecified part of colon
  • S36.509A - Unspecified injury of unspecified part of colon, initial encounter
  • S36.509D - Unspecified injury of unspecified part of colon, subsequent encounter
  • S36.509S - Unspecified injury of unspecified part of colon, sequela

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)
      • Injury of intra-abdominal organs (S36)

Code History

  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016
    (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020

Information for Patients


Colonic Diseases

Your colon, also known as the large intestine, is part of your digestive system. It's a long, hollow tube at the end of your digestive tract where your body makes and stores stool. Many disorders affect the colon's ability to work properly. Some of these include

  • Colorectal cancer
  • Colonic polyps - extra tissue growing in the colon that can become cancerous
  • Ulcerative colitis - ulcers of the colon and rectum
  • Diverticulitis - inflammation or infection of pouches in the colon
  • Irritable bowel syndrome - an uncomfortable condition causing abdominal cramping and other symptoms

Treatment for colonic diseases varies greatly depending on the disease and its severity. Treatment may involve diet, medicines and in some cases, surgery.

NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases


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Wounds and 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

  • Animal bites
  • Bruises
  • Burns
  • Dislocations
  • Electrical injuries
  • Fractures
  • Sprains and strains

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