2021 ICD-10-CM Code S41.15

Open bite of upper arm

Version 2021
Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

S41.15 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of open bite of upper arm. 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:S41.15
Short Description:Open bite of upper arm
Long Description:Open bite of upper arm

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Open bite of upper arm

Header codes like S41.15 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 open bite of upper arm:

  • S41.151 - Open bite of right upper arm
  • S41.151A - Open bite of right upper arm, initial encounter
  • S41.151D - Open bite of right upper arm, subsequent encounter
  • S41.151S - Open bite of right upper arm, sequela
  • S41.152 - Open bite of left upper arm
  • S41.152A - Open bite of left upper arm, initial encounter
  • S41.152D - Open bite of left upper arm, subsequent encounter
  • S41.152S - Open bite of left upper arm, sequela
  • S41.159 - Open bite of unspecified upper arm
  • S41.159A - Open bite of unspecified upper arm, initial encounter
  • S41.159D - Open bite of unspecified upper arm, subsequent encounter
  • S41.159S - Open bite of unspecified upper arm, sequela

Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries

The Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries is a list of ICD-10 codes, organized "head to toe" into chapters and sections with guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more. The following references are applicable to the code S41.15:


Inclusion Terms

Inclusion Terms
These terms are the conditions for which that code is to be used. The terms may be synonyms of the code title, or, in the case of "other specified" codes, the terms are a list of the various conditions assigned to that code. The inclusion terms are not necessarily exhaustive. Additional terms found only in the Alphabetic Index may also be assigned to a code.

Type 1 Excludes

Type 1 Excludes
A type 1 excludes note is a pure excludes note. It means "NOT CODED HERE!" An Excludes1 note indicates that the code excluded should never be used at the same time as the code above the Excludes1 note. An Excludes1 is used when two conditions cannot occur together, such as a congenital form versus an acquired form of the same condition.

Index to Diseases and Injuries

The Index to Diseases and Injuries is an alphabetical listing of medical terms, with each term mapped to one or more ICD-10 code(s). The following references for the code S41.15 are found in the index:

Information for Patients


Animal Bites

Also called: Cat bites, Dog bites

Wild animals usually avoid people. They might attack, however, if they feel threatened, are sick, or are protecting their young or territory. Attacks by pets are more common. Animal bites rarely are life-threatening, but if they become infected, you can develop serious medical problems.

To prevent animal bites and complications from bites

If an animal bites you, clean the wound with soap and water as soon as possible. Get medical attention if necessary.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


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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)