2021 ICD-10-CM Code S37.3

Injury of urethra

Version 2021
Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

S37.3 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 urethra. 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.

Short Description:Injury of urethra
Long Description:Injury of urethra

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Injury of urethra

Header codes like S37.3 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 urethra:

  • S37.30 - Unspecified injury of urethra
  • S37.30XA - Unspecified injury of urethra, initial encounter
  • S37.30XD - Unspecified injury of urethra, subsequent encounter
  • S37.30XS - Unspecified injury of urethra, sequela
  • S37.32 - Contusion of urethra
  • S37.32XA - Contusion of urethra, initial encounter
  • S37.32XD - Contusion of urethra, subsequent encounter
  • S37.32XS - Contusion of urethra, sequela
  • S37.33 - Laceration of urethra
  • S37.33XA - Laceration of urethra, initial encounter
  • S37.33XD - Laceration of urethra, subsequent encounter
  • S37.33XS - Laceration of urethra, sequela
  • S37.39 - Other injury of urethra
  • S37.39XA - Other injury of urethra, initial encounter
  • S37.39XD - Other injury of urethra, subsequent encounter
  • S37.39XS - Other injury of urethra, sequela

Information for Patients

Urethral Disorders

The urethra is the tube that allows urine to pass out of the body. In men, it's a long tube that runs through the penis. It also carries semen in men. In women, it's short and is just above the vagina. Urethral problems may happen due to aging, illness, or injury. They include

Urethral problems may cause pain or difficulty passing urine. You may also have bleeding or discharge from the urethra.

Doctors diagnose urethral problems using different tests. These include urine tests, x-rays and an examination of the urethra with a scope called a cystoscope. Treatment depends on the cause of the problem. It may include medicines and, in severe cases, surgery.

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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)