S55.21 - Laceration of vein at forearm level

Version 2023
ICD-10:S55.21
Short Description:Laceration of vein at forearm level
Long Description:Laceration of vein at forearm level
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)
      • Injury of blood vessels at forearm level (S55)

S55.21 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 laceration of vein at forearm level. 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.

Coding Guidelines

The appropriate 7th character is to be added to each code from block Injury of blood vessels at forearm level (S55). Use the following options for the aplicable episode of care:

Specific Coding for Laceration of vein at forearm level

Non-specific codes like S55.21 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 laceration of vein at forearm level:

  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S55.211 for Laceration of vein at forearm level, right arm
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S55.211A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S55.211D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S55.211S for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S55.212 for Laceration of vein at forearm level, left arm
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S55.212A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S55.212D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S55.212S for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S55.219 for Laceration of vein at forearm level, unspecified arm
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S55.219A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S55.219D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S55.219S for sequela

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