ICD-10-CM Code S68.42

Partial traumatic amputation of hand at wrist level

Version 2021 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

S68.42 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of partial traumatic amputation of hand at wrist level. The code is NOT valid for the year 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:S68.42
Short Description:Partial traumatic amputation of hand at wrist level
Long Description:Partial traumatic amputation of hand at wrist level

Consider the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity:

  • S68.421 - Partial traumatic amputation of right hand at wrist level
  • S68.421A - Partial traumatic amputation of right hand at wrist level, initial encounter
  • S68.421D - Partial traumatic amputation of right hand at wrist level, subsequent encounter
  • S68.421S - Partial traumatic amputation of right hand at wrist level, sequela
  • S68.422 - Partial traumatic amputation of left hand at wrist level
  • S68.422A - Partial traumatic amputation of left hand at wrist level, initial encounter
  • S68.422D - Partial traumatic amputation of left hand at wrist level, subsequent encounter
  • S68.422S - Partial traumatic amputation of left hand at wrist level, sequela
  • S68.429 - Partial traumatic amputation of unspecified hand at wrist level
  • S68.429A - Partial traumatic amputation of unspecified hand at wrist level, initial encounter
  • S68.429D - Partial traumatic amputation of unspecified hand at wrist level, subsequent encounter
  • S68.429S - Partial traumatic amputation of unspecified hand at wrist level, 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 S68.42 are found in the index:


Code Classification

  • Injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes (S00–T98)
    • Injuries to the wrist, hand and fingers (S60-S69)
      • Traumatic amputation of wrist, hand and fingers (S68)

Code History

  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016
    (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020
  • FY 2021 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2020 through 9/30/2021

Information for Patients


Limb Loss

People can lose all or part of an arm or leg for a number of reasons. Common ones include

  • Problems with blood circulation. These may be the result of atherosclerosis or diabetes. Severe cases may result in amputation.
  • Injuries, including from traffic accidents and military combat
  • Cancer
  • Birth defects

Some amputees have phantom pain, which is the feeling of pain in the missing limb. Other physical problems include surgical complications and skin problems, if you wear an artificial limb. Many amputees use an artificial limb. Learning how to use it takes time. Physical therapy can help you adapt.

Recovery from the loss of a limb can be hard. Sadness, anger, and frustration are common. If you are having a tough time, talk to your doctor. Treatment with medicine or counseling can help.

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