ICD-10-CM Code S40.859A

Superficial foreign body of unspecified upper arm, initial encounter

Version 2020 Billable Code

Valid for Submission

S40.859A is a billable code used to specify a medical diagnosis of superficial foreign body of unspecified upper arm, initial encounter. The code is valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. The ICD-10-CM code S40.859A might also be used to specify conditions or terms like foreign body of skin of axilla, foreign body of skin of upper arm, foreign body of skin of upper limb, infection of axilla, splinter of axilla, without major open wound, splinter of axilla, without major open wound, etc

ICD-10:S40.859A
Short Description:Superficial foreign body of unsp upper arm, init encntr
Long Description:Superficial foreign body of unspecified upper arm, initial encounter

Synonyms

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

  • Foreign body of skin of axilla
  • Foreign body of skin of upper arm
  • Foreign body of skin of upper limb
  • Infection of axilla
  • Splinter of axilla, without major open wound
  • Splinter of axilla, without major open wound
  • Splinter of axilla, without major open wound, infected
  • Splinter of shoulder and upper arm, without major wound, infected
  • Splinter of shoulder, without major open wound
  • Splinter of shoulder, without major open wound, infected
  • Splinter of upper arm, without major open wound
  • Splinter of upper arm, without major open wound
  • Splinter of upper arm, without major open wound
  • Splinter of upper arm, without major open wound, infected
  • Splinter of upper arm, without major open wound, infected
  • Superficial foreign body in upper arm
  • Superficial foreign body of axilla without major open wound AND without infection
  • Superficial foreign body of axilla without major open wound but with infection
  • Superficial foreign body of upper arm without major open wound AND without infection
  • Superficial foreign body of upper arm without major open wound but with infection
  • Superficial injury of axilla with infection
  • Superficial injury of axilla without infection
  • Superficial injury of upper arm with infection
  • Superficial injury of upper arm without infection
  • Wood splinter in axilla

Diagnostic Related Groups

The ICD-10 code S40.859A is grouped in the following groups for version MS-DRG V37.0 What are Diagnostic Related Groups?
The Diagnostic Related Groups (DRGs) are a patient classification scheme which provides a means of relating the type of patients a hospital treats. The DRGs divides all possible principal diagnoses into mutually exclusive principal diagnosis areas referred to as Major Diagnostic Categories (MDC).
applicable from 10/01/2019 through 09/30/2020.

  • 604 - TRAUMA TO THE SKIN, SUBCUTANEOUS TISSUE AND BREAST WITH MCC
  • 605 - TRAUMA TO THE SKIN, SUBCUTANEOUS TISSUE AND BREAST WITHOUT MCC

Convert S40.859A to ICD-9

  • 912.6 - Foreign body shouldr/arm (Approximate Flag)

Code Classification

  • Injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes (S00–T98)
    • Injuries to the shoulder and upper arm (S40-S49)
      • Superficial injury of shoulder and upper arm (S40)

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


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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