2021 ICD-10-CM Code S83.20

Tear of unspecified meniscus, current injury

Version 2021
Non-Billable Code
Unspecified Code

Not Valid for Submission

S83.20 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of tear of unspecified meniscus, current injury. The code is NOT valid for the year 2021 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.

Unspecified diagnosis codes like S83.20 are acceptable when clinical information is unknown or not available about a particular condition. Although a more specific code is preferable, unspecified codes should be used when such codes most accurately reflect what is known about a patient's condition. Specific diagnosis codes should not be used if not supported by the patient's medical record.

ICD-10:S83.20
Short Description:Tear of unspecified meniscus, current injury
Long Description:Tear of unspecified meniscus, current injury

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Tear of unspecified meniscus, current injury

Header codes like S83.20 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 tear of unspecified meniscus, current injury:

  • S83.200 - Bucket-handle tear of unspecified meniscus, current injury, right knee
  • S83.200A - Bucket-handle tear of unspecified meniscus, current injury, right knee, initial encounter
  • S83.200D - Bucket-handle tear of unspecified meniscus, current injury, right knee, subsequent encounter
  • S83.200S - Bucket-handle tear of unspecified meniscus, current injury, right knee, sequela
  • S83.201 - Bucket-handle tear of unspecified meniscus, current injury, left knee
  • S83.201A - Bucket-handle tear of unspecified meniscus, current injury, left knee, initial encounter
  • S83.201D - Bucket-handle tear of unspecified meniscus, current injury, left knee, subsequent encounter
  • S83.201S - Bucket-handle tear of unspecified meniscus, current injury, left knee, sequela
  • S83.202 - Bucket-handle tear of unspecified meniscus, current injury, unspecified knee
  • S83.202A - Bucket-handle tear of unspecified meniscus, current injury, unspecified knee, initial encounter
  • S83.202D - Bucket-handle tear of unspecified meniscus, current injury, unspecified knee, subsequent encounter
  • S83.202S - Bucket-handle tear of unspecified meniscus, current injury, unspecified knee, sequela
  • S83.203 - Other tear of unspecified meniscus, current injury, right knee
  • S83.203A - Other tear of unspecified meniscus, current injury, right knee, initial encounter
  • S83.203D - Other tear of unspecified meniscus, current injury, right knee, subsequent encounter
  • S83.203S - Other tear of unspecified meniscus, current injury, right knee, sequela
  • S83.204 - Other tear of unspecified meniscus, current injury, left knee
  • S83.204A - Other tear of unspecified meniscus, current injury, left knee, initial encounter
  • S83.204D - Other tear of unspecified meniscus, current injury, left knee, subsequent encounter
  • S83.204S - Other tear of unspecified meniscus, current injury, left knee, sequela
  • S83.205 - Other tear of unspecified meniscus, current injury, unspecified knee
  • S83.205A - Other tear of unspecified meniscus, current injury, unspecified knee, initial encounter
  • S83.205D - Other tear of unspecified meniscus, current injury, unspecified knee, subsequent encounter
  • S83.205S - Other tear of unspecified meniscus, current injury, unspecified knee, sequela
  • S83.206 - Unspecified tear of unspecified meniscus, current injury, right knee
  • S83.206A - Unspecified tear of unspecified meniscus, current injury, right knee, initial encounter
  • S83.206D - Unspecified tear of unspecified meniscus, current injury, right knee, subsequent encounter
  • S83.206S - Unspecified tear of unspecified meniscus, current injury, right knee, sequela
  • S83.207 - Unspecified tear of unspecified meniscus, current injury, left knee
  • S83.207A - Unspecified tear of unspecified meniscus, current injury, left knee, initial encounter
  • S83.207D - Unspecified tear of unspecified meniscus, current injury, left knee, subsequent encounter
  • S83.207S - Unspecified tear of unspecified meniscus, current injury, left knee, sequela
  • S83.209 - Unspecified tear of unspecified meniscus, current injury, unspecified knee
  • S83.209A - Unspecified tear of unspecified meniscus, current injury, unspecified knee, initial encounter
  • S83.209D - Unspecified tear of unspecified meniscus, current injury, unspecified knee, subsequent encounter
  • S83.209S - Unspecified tear of unspecified meniscus, current injury, unspecified knee, 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 S83.20:


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.

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 S83.20 are found in the index:

Information for Patients


Cartilage Disorders

Cartilage is the tough but flexible tissue that covers the ends of your bones at a joint. It also gives shape and support to other parts of your body, such as your ears, nose and windpipe. Healthy cartilage helps you move by allowing your bones to glide over each other. It also protects bones by preventing them from rubbing against each other.

Injured, inflamed, or damaged cartilage can cause symptoms such as pain and limited movement. It can also lead to joint damage and deformity. Causes of cartilage problems include

Osteoarthritis results from breakdown of cartilage.

NIH: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases


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Knee Injuries and Disorders

Your knee joint is made up of bone, cartilage, ligaments and fluid. Muscles and tendons help the knee joint move. When any of these structures is hurt or diseased, you have knee problems. Knee problems can cause pain and difficulty walking.

Knee problems are very common, and they occur in people of all ages. Knee problems can interfere with many things, from participation in sports to simply getting up from a chair and walking. This can have a big impact on your life.

The most common disease affecting the knee is osteoarthritis. The cartilage in the knee gradually wears away, causing pain and swelling.

Injuries to ligaments and tendons also cause knee problems. A common injury is to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). You usually injure your ACL by a sudden twisting motion. ACL and other knee injuries are common sports injuries.

Treatment of knee problems depends on the cause. In some cases your doctor may recommend knee replacement.

NIH: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases


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Code History

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