ICD-10-CM Code S81.819A

Laceration without foreign body, unspecified lower leg, initial encounter

Version 2020 Billable Code

Valid for Submission

S81.819A is a billable code used to specify a medical diagnosis of laceration without foreign body, unspecified lower leg, initial encounter. The code is valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. The ICD-10-CM code S81.819A might also be used to specify conditions or terms like cut of calf, cut of lower leg, cut of shin, deep laceration, deep laceration of lower limb, flap laceration of leg, etc

Short Description:Laceration without foreign body, unsp lower leg, init encntr
Long Description:Laceration without foreign body, unspecified lower leg, initial encounter


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

  • Cut of calf
  • Cut of lower leg
  • Cut of shin
  • Deep laceration
  • Deep laceration of lower limb
  • Flap laceration of leg
  • Laceration of calf
  • Laceration of lower leg
  • Laceration of lower leg without foreign body
  • Laceration of lower limb
  • Laceration of shin
  • Stab wound of lower limb
  • Superficial laceration of lower limb

Diagnostic Related Groups

The ICD-10 code S81.819A is grouped in the following groups for version MS-DRG V37.0 What are Diagnostic Related Groups?
The Diagnostic Related Groups (DRGs) are a patient classification scheme which provides a means of relating the type of patients a hospital treats. The DRGs divides all possible principal diagnoses into mutually exclusive principal diagnosis areas referred to as Major Diagnostic Categories (MDC).
applicable from 10/01/2019 through 09/30/2020.


Convert S81.819A to ICD-9

  • 891.0 - Open wnd knee/leg/ankle (Approximate Flag)

Code Classification

  • Injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes (S00–T98)
    • Injuries to the knee and lower leg (S80-S89)
      • Open wound of knee and lower leg (S81)

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

Information for Patients

Wounds and Injuries

An injury is damage to your body. It is a general term that refers to harm caused by accidents, falls, hits, weapons, and more. In the U.S., millions of people injure themselves every year. These injuries range from minor to life-threatening. Injuries can happen at work or play, indoors or outdoors, driving a car, or walking across the street.

Wounds are injuries that break the skin or other body tissues. They include cuts, scrapes, scratches, and punctured skin. They often happen because of an accident, but surgery, sutures, and stitches also cause wounds. Minor wounds usually aren't serious, but it is important to clean them. Serious and infected wounds may require first aid followed by a visit to your doctor. You should also seek attention if the wound is deep, you cannot close it yourself, you cannot stop the bleeding or get the dirt out, or it does not heal.

Other common types of injuries include

  • Animal bites
  • Bruises
  • Burns
  • Dislocations
  • Electrical injuries
  • Fractures
  • Sprains and strains

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