ICD-10 Code S80.852

Superficial foreign body, left lower leg

Version 2019 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

S80.852 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of superficial foreign body, left lower leg. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10: S80.852
Short Description:Superficial foreign body, left lower leg
Long Description:Superficial foreign body, left lower leg

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

  • S80.852A - Superficial foreign body, left lower leg, initial encounter
  • S80.852D - Superficial foreign body, left lower leg, subsequent encounter
  • S80.852S - Superficial foreign body, left lower leg, sequela

Code Classification

  • Injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes (S00–T98)
    • Injuries to the knee and lower leg (S80-S89)
      • Superficial injury of knee and lower leg (S80)

Code History

  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016
    (first year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA mandated 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

Information for Patients


Foreign Bodies

If you've ever gotten a splinter or had sand in your eye, you've had experience with a foreign body. A foreign body is something that is stuck inside you but isn't supposed to be there. You may inhale or swallow a foreign body, or you may get one from an injury to almost any part of your body. Foreign bodies are more common in small children, who sometimes stick things in their mouths, ears, and noses.

Some foreign bodies, like a small splinter, do not cause serious harm. Inhaled or swallowed foreign bodies may cause choking or bowel obstruction and may require medical care.


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ICD-10 Footnotes

General Equivalence Map Definitions
The ICD-10 and ICD-9 GEMs are used to facilitate linking between the diagnosis codes in ICD-9-CM and the new ICD-10-CM code set. The GEMs are the raw material from which providers, health information vendors and payers can derive specific applied mappings to meet their needs.

  • Approximate Flag - The approximate flag is on, indicating that the relationship between the code in the source system and the code in the target system is an approximate equivalent.
  • No Map Flag - The no map flag indicates that a code in the source system is not linked to any code in the target system.
  • Combination Flag - The combination flag indicates that more than one code in the target system is required to satisfy the full equivalent meaning of a code in the source system.