2021 ICD-10-CM Code S48.912

Complete traumatic amputation of left shoulder and upper arm, level unspecified

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

S48.912 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of complete traumatic amputation of left shoulder and upper arm, level unspecified. 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.

The ICD-10-CM code S48.912 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like bilateral traumatic amputation of arms at any level with complication, bilateral traumatic amputation of arms at any level without complication, bilateral traumatic amputation of upper limbs or bilateral traumatic amputation of upper limbs.

Unspecified diagnosis codes like S48.912 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:S48.912
Short Description:Complete traumatic amp of left shldr/up arm, level unsp
Long Description:Complete traumatic amputation of left shoulder and upper arm, level unspecified

Code Classification

Coding Guidelines

The appropriate 7th character is to be added to each code from block Traumatic amputation of shoulder and upper arm (S48). Use the following options for the aplicable episode of care:

Specific Coding for Complete traumatic amp of left shldr/up arm, level unsp

Non-specific codes like S48.912 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 complete traumatic amp of left shldr/up arm, level unsp:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S48.912A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S48.912D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S48.912S for sequela

Approximate Synonyms

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

Information for Patients


Limb Loss

People can lose all or part of an arm or leg for a number of reasons. Common ones include

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.


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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)