2021 ICD-10-CM Code S42.353

Displaced comminuted fracture of shaft of humerus, unspecified arm

Version 2021
Non-Billable Code
Unspecified Code

Not Valid for Submission

S42.353 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of displaced comminuted fracture of shaft of humerus, unspecified 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.

Unspecified diagnosis codes like S42.353 are acceptable when clinical information is unknown or not available about a particular condition. Although a more specific code is preferable, unspecified codes should be used when such codes most accurately reflect what is known about a patient's condition. Specific diagnosis codes should not be used if not supported by the patient's medical record.

ICD-10:S42.353
Short Description:Displaced comminuted fracture of shaft of humerus, unsp arm
Long Description:Displaced comminuted fracture of shaft of humerus, unspecified arm

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Displaced comminuted fracture of shaft of humerus, unsp arm

Header codes like S42.353 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 displaced comminuted fracture of shaft of humerus, unsp arm:

  • S42.353A - ... initial encounter for closed fracture
  • S42.353B - ... initial encounter for open fracture
  • S42.353D - ... subsequent encounter for fracture with routine healing
  • S42.353G - ... subsequent encounter for fracture with delayed healing
  • S42.353K - ... subsequent encounter for fracture with nonunion
  • S42.353P - ... subsequent encounter for fracture with malunion
  • S42.353S - ... sequela

Information for Patients


Arm Injuries and Disorders

Of the 206 bones in your body, three of them are in your arm: the humerus, radius, and ulna. Your arms are also made up of muscles, joints, tendons, and other connective tissue. Injuries to any of these parts of the arm can occur during sports, a fall, or an accident.

Types of arm injuries include

You may also have problems or injure specific parts of your arm, such as your hand, wrist, elbow, or shoulder.


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Fractures

Also called: Broken bone

A fracture is a break, usually in a bone. If the broken bone punctures the skin, it is called an open or compound fracture. Fractures commonly happen because of car accidents, falls, or sports injuries. Other causes are low bone density and osteoporosis, which cause weakening of the bones. Overuse can cause stress fractures, which are very small cracks in the bone.

Symptoms of a fracture are

You need to get medical care right away for any fracture. An x-ray can tell if your bone is broken. You may need to wear a cast or splint. Sometimes you need surgery to put in plates, pins or screws to keep the bone in place.


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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)