2021 ICD-10-CM Code S52.253

Displaced comminuted fracture of shaft of ulna, unspecified arm

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

S52.253 is a non-specific 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 ulna, unspecified 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.

Unspecified diagnosis codes like S52.253 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:S52.253
Short Description:Displaced comminuted fracture of shaft of ulna, unsp arm
Long Description:Displaced comminuted fracture of shaft of ulna, unspecified arm

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 Displaced comminuted fracture of shaft of ulna, unsp arm

Non-specific codes like S52.253 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 ulna, unsp arm:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.253A for initial encounter for closed fracture
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.253B for initial encounter for open fracture type I or II
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.253C for or IIIC
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.253D for subsequent encounter for closed fracture with routine healing
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.253E for subsequent encounter for open fracture type I or II with routine healing
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.253F for or IIIC with routine healing
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.253G for subsequent encounter for closed fracture with delayed healing
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.253H for subsequent encounter for open fracture type I or II with delayed healing
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.253J for or IIIC with delayed healing
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.253K for subsequent encounter for closed fracture with nonunion
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.253M for subsequent encounter for open fracture type I or II with nonunion
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.253N for or IIIC with nonunion
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.253P for subsequent encounter for closed fracture with malunion
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.253Q for subsequent encounter for open fracture type I or II with malunion
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.253R for or IIIC with malunion
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.253S for 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)