2022 ICD-10-CM Code S50.81

Abrasion of forearm

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

ICD-10:S50.81
Short Description:Abrasion of forearm
Long Description:Abrasion of forearm

Code Classification

  • Injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes (S00–T98)
    • Injuries to the elbow and forearm (S50-S59)
      • Superficial injury of elbow and forearm (S50)

S50.81 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of abrasion of forearm. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2022 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.

Coding Guidelines

The appropriate 7th character is to be added to each code from block Superficial injury of elbow and forearm (S50). Use the following options for the aplicable episode of care:

Specific Coding for Abrasion of forearm

Non-specific codes like S50.81 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 abrasion of forearm:

  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S50.811 for Abrasion of right forearm
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S50.811A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S50.811D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S50.811S for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S50.812 for Abrasion of left forearm
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S50.812A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S50.812D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S50.812S for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S50.819 for Abrasion of unspecified forearm
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S50.819A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S50.819D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S50.819S for sequela

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 S50.81 are found in the index:

Information for Patients


Wounds and Injuries

An injury is damage to your body. It is a general term that refers to harm caused by accidents, falls, hits, weapons, and more. In the U.S., millions of people injure themselves every year. These injuries range from minor to life-threatening. Injuries can happen at work or play, indoors or outdoors, driving a car, or walking across the street.

Wounds are injuries that break the skin or other body tissues. They include cuts, scrapes, scratches, and punctured skin. They often happen because of an accident, but surgery, sutures, and stitches also cause wounds. Minor wounds usually aren't serious, but it is important to clean them. Serious and infected wounds may require first aid followed by a visit to your doctor. You should also seek attention if the wound is deep, you cannot close it yourself, you cannot stop the bleeding or get the dirt out, or it does not heal.

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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)