ICD-10-CM Code S71.15

Open bite of thigh

Version 2021 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

S71.15 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of open bite of thigh. The code is NOT valid for the year 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:S71.15
Short Description:Open bite of thigh
Long Description:Open bite of thigh

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

  • S71.151 - Open bite, right thigh
  • S71.151A - Open bite, right thigh, initial encounter
  • S71.151D - Open bite, right thigh, subsequent encounter
  • S71.151S - Open bite, right thigh, sequela
  • S71.152 - Open bite, left thigh
  • S71.152A - Open bite, left thigh, initial encounter
  • S71.152D - Open bite, left thigh, subsequent encounter
  • S71.152S - Open bite, left thigh, sequela
  • S71.159 - Open bite, unspecified thigh
  • S71.159A - Open bite, unspecified thigh, initial encounter
  • S71.159D - Open bite, unspecified thigh, subsequent encounter
  • S71.159S - Open bite, unspecified thigh, sequela

Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries

The Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries is a list of ICD-10 codes, organized "head to toe" into chapters and sections with guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more. The following references are applicable to the code S71.15:

Inclusion Terms

Inclusion Terms
These terms are the conditions for which that code is to be used. The terms may be synonyms of the code title, or, in the case of "other specified" codes, the terms are a list of the various conditions assigned to that code. The inclusion terms are not necessarily exhaustive. Additional terms found only in the Alphabetic Index may also be assigned to a code.
  • Bite of thigh NOS

Type 1 Excludes

Type 1 Excludes
A type 1 excludes note is a pure excludes note. It means "NOT CODED HERE!" An Excludes1 note indicates that the code excluded should never be used at the same time as the code above the Excludes1 note. An Excludes1 is used when two conditions cannot occur together, such as a congenital form versus an acquired form of the same condition.
  • superficial bite of thigh S70.37

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 S71.15 are found in the index:


Code Classification

  • Injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes (S00–T98)
    • Injuries to the hip and thigh (S70-S79)
      • Open wound of hip and thigh (S71)

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


Animal Bites

Also called: Cat bites, Dog bites

Wild animals usually avoid people. They might attack, however, if they feel threatened, are sick, or are protecting their young or territory. Attacks by pets are more common. Animal bites rarely are life-threatening, but if they become infected, you can develop serious medical problems.

To prevent animal bites and complications from bites

  • Never pet, handle, or feed unknown animals
  • Leave snakes alone
  • Watch your children closely around animals
  • Vaccinate your cats, ferrets, and dogs against rabies
  • Spay or neuter your dog to make it less aggressive
  • Get a tetanus booster if you have not had one recently
  • Wear boots and long pants when you are in areas with venomous snakes

If an animal bites you, clean the wound with soap and water as soon as possible. Get medical attention if necessary.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Animal bites - self-care (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Jellyfish stings (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Marine animal stings or bites (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Snake bites (Medical Encyclopedia)

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