2021 ICD-10-CM Code S52.23

Oblique fracture of shaft of ulna

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

S52.23 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of oblique fracture of shaft of ulna. 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.

ICD-10:S52.23
Short Description:Oblique fracture of shaft of ulna
Long Description:Oblique fracture of shaft of ulna

Code Classification

Coding Guidelines

The principles of multiple coding of injuries should be followed in coding fractures. Fractures of specified sites are coded individually by site nd the level of detail furnished by medical record content.

A fracture not indicated as open or closed should be coded to closed. A fracture not indicated whether displaced or not displaced should be coded to displaced.

Initial vs. Subsequent Encounter for Fractures

Traumatic fractures are coded using the appropriate 7th character for initial encounter (A, B, C) for each encounter where the patient is receiving active treatment for the fracture. The appropriate 7th character for initial encounter should also be assigned for a patient who delayed seeking treatment for the fracture or nonunion.

Fractures are coded using the appropriate 7th character for subsequent care for encounters after the patient has completed active treatment of the fracture and is receiving routine care for the fracture during the healing or recovery phase.

Care for complications of surgical treatment for fracture repairs during the healing or recovery phase should be coded with the appropriate complication codes.

Care of complications of fractures, such as malunion and nonunion, should be reported with the appropriate 7th character for subsequent care with nonunion (K, M, N,) or subsequent care with malunion (P, Q, R).

Malunion/nonunion: The appropriate 7th character for initial encounter should also be assigned for a patient who delayed seeking treatment for the fracture or nonunion.

The open fracture designations in the assignment of the 7th character for fractures of the forearm, femur and lower leg, including ankle are based on the Gustilo open fracture classification. When the Gustilo classification type is not specified for an open fracture, the 7th character for open fracture type I or II should be assigned (B, E, H, M, Q).

Specific Coding for Oblique fracture of shaft of ulna

Non-specific codes like S52.23 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 oblique fracture of shaft of ulna:

  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S52.231 for Displaced oblique fracture of shaft of right ulna
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.231A for initial encounter for closed fracture
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.231B for initial encounter for open fracture type I or II
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.231C for or IIIC
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.231D for subsequent encounter for closed fracture with routine healing
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.231E for subsequent encounter for open fracture type I or II with routine healing
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.231F for or IIIC with routine healing
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.231G for subsequent encounter for closed fracture with delayed healing
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.231H for subsequent encounter for open fracture type I or II with delayed healing
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.231J for or IIIC with delayed healing
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.231K for subsequent encounter for closed fracture with nonunion
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.231M for subsequent encounter for open fracture type I or II with nonunion
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.231N for or IIIC with nonunion
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.231P for subsequent encounter for closed fracture with malunion
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.231Q for subsequent encounter for open fracture type I or II with malunion
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.231R for or IIIC with malunion
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.231S for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S52.232 for Displaced oblique fracture of shaft of left ulna
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.232A for initial encounter for closed fracture
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.232B for initial encounter for open fracture type I or II
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.232C for or IIIC
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.232D for subsequent encounter for closed fracture with routine healing
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.232E for subsequent encounter for open fracture type I or II with routine healing
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.232F for or IIIC with routine healing
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.232G for subsequent encounter for closed fracture with delayed healing
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.232H for subsequent encounter for open fracture type I or II with delayed healing
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.232J for or IIIC with delayed healing
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.232K for subsequent encounter for closed fracture with nonunion
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.232M for subsequent encounter for open fracture type I or II with nonunion
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.232N for or IIIC with nonunion
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.232P for subsequent encounter for closed fracture with malunion
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.232Q for subsequent encounter for open fracture type I or II with malunion
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.232R for or IIIC with malunion
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.232S for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S52.233 for Displaced oblique fracture of shaft of unspecified ulna
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.233A for initial encounter for closed fracture
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.233B for initial encounter for open fracture type I or II
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.233C for or IIIC
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.233D for subsequent encounter for closed fracture with routine healing
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.233E for subsequent encounter for open fracture type I or II with routine healing
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.233F for or IIIC with routine healing
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.233G for subsequent encounter for closed fracture with delayed healing
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.233H for subsequent encounter for open fracture type I or II with delayed healing
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.233J for or IIIC with delayed healing
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.233K for subsequent encounter for closed fracture with nonunion
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.233M for subsequent encounter for open fracture type I or II with nonunion
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.233N for or IIIC with nonunion
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.233P for subsequent encounter for closed fracture with malunion
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.233Q for subsequent encounter for open fracture type I or II with malunion
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.233R for or IIIC with malunion
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.233S for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S52.234 for Nondisplaced oblique fracture of shaft of right ulna
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.234A for initial encounter for closed fracture
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.234B for initial encounter for open fracture type I or II
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.234C for or IIIC
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.234D for subsequent encounter for closed fracture with routine healing
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.234E for subsequent encounter for open fracture type I or II with routine healing
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.234F for or IIIC with routine healing
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.234G for subsequent encounter for closed fracture with delayed healing
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.234H for subsequent encounter for open fracture type I or II with delayed healing
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.234J for or IIIC with delayed healing
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.234K for subsequent encounter for closed fracture with nonunion
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.234M for subsequent encounter for open fracture type I or II with nonunion
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.234N for or IIIC with nonunion
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.234P for subsequent encounter for closed fracture with malunion
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.234Q for subsequent encounter for open fracture type I or II with malunion
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.234R for or IIIC with malunion
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.234S for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S52.235 for Nondisplaced oblique fracture of shaft of left ulna
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.235A for initial encounter for closed fracture
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.235B for initial encounter for open fracture type I or II
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.235C for or IIIC
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.235D for subsequent encounter for closed fracture with routine healing
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.235E for subsequent encounter for open fracture type I or II with routine healing
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.235F for or IIIC with routine healing
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.235G for subsequent encounter for closed fracture with delayed healing
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.235H for subsequent encounter for open fracture type I or II with delayed healing
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.235J for or IIIC with delayed healing
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.235K for subsequent encounter for closed fracture with nonunion
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.235M for subsequent encounter for open fracture type I or II with nonunion
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.235N for or IIIC with nonunion
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.235P for subsequent encounter for closed fracture with malunion
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.235Q for subsequent encounter for open fracture type I or II with malunion
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.235R for or IIIC with malunion
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.235S for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S52.236 for Nondisplaced oblique fracture of shaft of unspecified ulna
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.236A for initial encounter for closed fracture
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.236B for initial encounter for open fracture type I or II
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.236C for or IIIC
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.236D for subsequent encounter for closed fracture with routine healing
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.236E for subsequent encounter for open fracture type I or II with routine healing
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.236F for or IIIC with routine healing
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.236G for subsequent encounter for closed fracture with delayed healing
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.236H for subsequent encounter for open fracture type I or II with delayed healing
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.236J for or IIIC with delayed healing
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.236K for subsequent encounter for closed fracture with nonunion
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.236M for subsequent encounter for open fracture type I or II with nonunion
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.236N for or IIIC with nonunion
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.236P for subsequent encounter for closed fracture with malunion
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.236Q for subsequent encounter for open fracture type I or II with malunion
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.236R for or IIIC with malunion
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.236S 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 S52.23 are found in the index:

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)