S52.699 - Other fracture of lower end of unspecified ulna

Version 2023
ICD-10:S52.699
Short Description:Other fracture of lower end of unspecified ulna
Long Description:Other fracture of lower end of unspecified ulna
Status: Not Valid for Submission
Version:ICD-10-CM 2023
Code Classification:
  • Injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes (S00–T98)
    • Injuries to the elbow and forearm (S50-S59)
      • Fracture of forearm (S52)

S52.699 is a non-specific and non-billable ICD-10 code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of other fracture of lower end of unspecified ulna. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2023 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 S52.699 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.

Approximate Synonyms

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

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 Other fracture of lower end of unspecified ulna

Non-specific codes like S52.699 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 other fracture of lower end of unspecified ulna:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.699A for initial encounter for closed fracture
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.699B for initial encounter for open fracture type I or II
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.699C for or IIIC
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.699D for subsequent encounter for closed fracture with routine healing
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.699E for subsequent encounter for open fracture type I or II with routine healing
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.699F for or IIIC with routine healing
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.699G for subsequent encounter for closed fracture with delayed healing
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.699H for subsequent encounter for open fracture type I or II with delayed healing
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.699J for or IIIC with delayed healing
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.699K for subsequent encounter for closed fracture with nonunion
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.699M for subsequent encounter for open fracture type I or II with nonunion
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.699N for or IIIC with nonunion
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.699P for subsequent encounter for closed fracture with malunion
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.699Q for subsequent encounter for open fracture type I or II with malunion
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.699R for or IIIC with malunion
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S52.699S for sequela

Patient Education


Fractures

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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Wrist Injuries and Disorders

Your wrist connects your hand to your forearm. It is not one big joint; it has several small joints. This makes it flexible and allows you to move your hand in different ways. The wrist has two big forearm bones and eight small bones known as carpals. It also has tendons and ligaments, which are connective tissues. Tendons connect muscles to bones. Ligaments connect bones to each other.

What are the types of wrist injuries and disorders?

Some of the more common types of wrist injuries and disorders are:

Who is at risk for wrist injuries and disorders?

Certain things can put you at higher risk of having a wrist problem, including:

What are the symptoms of wrist injuries and disorders?

The symptoms of a wrist problem can vary, depending on the problem. A common symptom is wrist pain. Some other possible symptoms include swelling, a decrease in wrist strength, and sudden numbness or tingling.

How are wrist injuries and disorders diagnosed?

Your health care provider may use many tools to make a diagnosis:

What are the treatments for wrist injuries and disorders?

Treatments for wrist pain depends on the type of injury or disorder. They may include:

Can wrist injuries and disorders be prevented?

To try to prevent wrist problems, you can:


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