Not Valid for Submission
S48 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of traumatic amputation of shoulder and upper arm. The code is not specific and 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.
Specific Coding for Traumatic amputation of shoulder and upper arm
Non-specific codes like S48 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 traumatic amputation of shoulder and upper arm:
- Use S48.0 for Traumatic amputation at shoulder joint
- Use S48.01 for Complete traumatic amputation at shoulder joint
- Use S48.02 for Partial traumatic amputation at shoulder joint
- Use S48.1 for Traumatic amputation at level between shoulder and elbow
- Use S48.11 for Complete traumatic amputation at level between shoulder and elbow
- Use S48.12 for Partial traumatic amputation at level between shoulder and elbow
- Use S48.9 for Traumatic amputation of shoulder and upper arm, level unspecified
- Use S48.91 for Complete traumatic amputation of shoulder and upper arm, level unspecified
- Use S48.92 for Partial traumatic amputation of shoulder and upper arm, level unspecified
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 coding notes and guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more. The following references are applicable to the code S48:
Inclusion TermsInclusion 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.
- An amputation not identified as partial or complete should be coded to complete
Type 1 ExcludesType 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.
- traumatic amputation at elbow level S58.0
7th Character Note7th Character Note
Certain ICD-10-CM categories have applicable 7th characters. The applicable 7th character is required for all codes within the category, or as the notes in the Tabular List instruct. The 7th character must always be the 7th character in the data field. If a code that requires a 7th character is not 6 characters, a placeholder X must be used to fill in the empty characters.
- The appropriate 7th character is to be added to each code from category S48
7th Character7th Character
Indicates that a seventh character is to be assigned to codes in a subcategory.
- A - initial encounter
- D - subsequent encounter
- S - sequela
Information for Patients
People can lose all or part of an arm or leg for a number of reasons. Common ones include
- Problems with blood circulation. These may be the result of atherosclerosis or diabetes. Severe cases may result in amputation.
- Injuries, including from traffic accidents and military combat
- Birth defects
Some amputees have phantom pain, which is the feeling of pain in the missing limb. Other physical problems include surgical complications and skin problems, if you wear an artificial limb. Many amputees use an artificial limb. Learning how to use it takes time. Physical therapy can help you adapt.
Recovery from the loss of a limb can be hard. Sadness, anger, and frustration are common. If you are having a tough time, talk to your doctor. Treatment with medicine or counseling can help.
- Amputation - traumatic (Medical Encyclopedia)
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- Leg or foot amputation - dressing change (Medical Encyclopedia)
- Phantom limb pain (Medical Encyclopedia)
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