S85 - Injury of blood vessels at lower leg level

Version 2022
ICD-10:S85
Short Description:Injury of blood vessels at lower leg level
Long Description:Injury of blood vessels at lower leg level
Status: Not Valid for Submission
Version:ICD-10-CM 2022
Code Classification:
  • Injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes (S00–T98)
    • Injuries to the knee and lower leg (S80-S89)
      • Injury of blood vessels at lower leg level (S85)

S85 is a non-specific and non-billable ICD-10 code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of injury of blood vessels at lower leg level. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2022 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.

Coding Guidelines

The appropriate 7th character is to be added to each code from block Injury of blood vessels at lower leg level (S85). Use the following options for the aplicable episode of care:

Specific Coding for Injury of blood vessels at lower leg level

Non-specific codes like S85 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 injury of blood vessels at lower leg level:

  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S85.0 for Injury of popliteal artery
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S85.00 for Unspecified injury of popliteal artery
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S85.01 for Laceration of popliteal artery
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S85.09 for Other specified injury of popliteal artery
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S85.1 for Injury of tibial artery
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S85.10 for Unspecified injury of unspecified tibial artery
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S85.11 for Laceration of unspecified tibial artery
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S85.12 for Other specified injury of unspecified tibial artery
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S85.13 for Unspecified injury of anterior tibial artery
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S85.14 for Laceration of anterior tibial artery
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S85.15 for Other specified injury of anterior tibial artery
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S85.16 for Unspecified injury of posterior tibial artery
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S85.17 for Laceration of posterior tibial artery
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S85.18 for Other specified injury of posterior tibial artery
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S85.2 for Injury of peroneal artery
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S85.20 for Unspecified injury of peroneal artery
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S85.21 for Laceration of peroneal artery
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S85.29 for Other specified injury of peroneal artery
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S85.3 for Injury of greater saphenous vein at lower leg level
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S85.30 for Unspecified injury of greater saphenous vein at lower leg level
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S85.31 for Laceration of greater saphenous vein at lower leg level
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S85.39 for Other specified injury of greater saphenous vein at lower leg level
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S85.4 for Injury of lesser saphenous vein at lower leg level
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S85.40 for Unspecified injury of lesser saphenous vein at lower leg level
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S85.41 for Laceration of lesser saphenous vein at lower leg level
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S85.49 for Other specified injury of lesser saphenous vein at lower leg level
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S85.5 for Injury of popliteal vein
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S85.50 for Unspecified injury of popliteal vein
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S85.51 for Laceration of popliteal vein
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S85.59 for Other specified injury of popliteal vein
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S85.8 for Injury of other blood vessels at lower leg level
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S85.80 for Unspecified injury of other blood vessels at lower leg level
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S85.81 for Laceration of other blood vessels at lower leg level
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S85.89 for Other specified injury of other blood vessels at lower leg level
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S85.9 for Injury of unspecified blood vessel at lower leg level
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S85.90 for Unspecified injury of unspecified blood vessel at lower leg level
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S85.91 for Laceration of unspecified blood vessel at lower leg level
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S85.99 for Other specified injury of unspecified blood vessel at lower leg level

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 coding notes and guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more. The following references are applicable to this diagnosis code:


Code Also

Code Also
A "code also" note instructs that two codes may be required to fully describe a condition, but this note does not provide sequencing direction.

Type 2 Excludes

Type 2 Excludes
A type 2 excludes note represents "Not included here". An excludes2 note indicates that the condition excluded is not part of the condition represented by the code, but a patient may have both conditions at the same time. When an Excludes2 note appears under a code, it is acceptable to use both the code and the excluded code together, when appropriate.

7th Character Note

7th Character Note
Certain ICD-10-CM categories have applicable 7th characters. The applicable 7th character is required for all codes within the category, or as the notes in the Tabular List instruct. The 7th character must always be the 7th character in the data field. If a code that requires a 7th character is not 6 characters, a placeholder X must be used to fill in the empty characters.

7th Character

7th Character
Indicates that a seventh character is to be assigned to codes in a subcategory.

Patient Education


Leg Injuries and Disorders

Your legs are made up of bones, blood vessels, muscles, and other connective tissue. They are important for motion and standing. Playing sports, running, falling, or having an accident can damage your legs. Common leg injuries include sprains and strains, joint dislocations, and fractures (broken bones).

These injuries can affect the entire leg, or just the foot, ankle, knee, or hip. Certain diseases also lead to leg problems. For example, knee osteoarthritis, common in older people, can cause pain and limited motion. Problems in your veins in your legs can lead to varicose veins or deep vein thrombosis.


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Vascular Diseases

What are vascular diseases?

Your vascular system is your body's network of blood vessels. It includes your

Vascular diseases are conditions which affect your vascular system. They are common and can be serious. Some types include

What causes vascular diseases?

The causes of vascular diseases depend on the specific disease. These causes include

Sometimes the cause is unknown.

Who is at risk for vascular diseases?

The risk factors for vascular diseases can vary, depending on the specific disease. But some of the more common risk factors include

What are the symptoms of vascular diseases?

The symptoms for each disease are different.

How are vascular diseases diagnosed?

To make a diagnosis, your health care provider will do a physical exam and ask about your symptoms and medical history. You may have imaging tests and/or blood tests.

How are vascular diseases treated?

Which treatment you get depends on which vascular disease you have and how severe it is. Types of treatments for vascular diseases include

Can vascular diseases be prevented?

There are steps you can take to help prevent vascular diseases:


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Leg Injuries and Disorders

Your legs are made up of bones, blood vessels, muscles, and other connective tissue. They are important for motion and standing. Playing sports, running, falling, or having an accident can damage your legs. Common leg injuries include sprains and strains, joint dislocations, and fractures (broken bones).

These injuries can affect the entire leg, or just the foot, ankle, knee, or hip. Certain diseases also lead to leg problems. For example, knee osteoarthritis, common in older people, can cause pain and limited motion. Problems in your veins in your legs can lead to varicose veins or deep vein thrombosis.


[Learn More in MedlinePlus]

Vascular Diseases

What are vascular diseases?

Your vascular system is your body's network of blood vessels. It includes your

Vascular diseases are conditions which affect your vascular system. They are common and can be serious. Some types include

What causes vascular diseases?

The causes of vascular diseases depend on the specific disease. These causes include

Sometimes the cause is unknown.

Who is at risk for vascular diseases?

The risk factors for vascular diseases can vary, depending on the specific disease. But some of the more common risk factors include

What are the symptoms of vascular diseases?

The symptoms for each disease are different.

How are vascular diseases diagnosed?

To make a diagnosis, your health care provider will do a physical exam and ask about your symptoms and medical history. You may have imaging tests and/or blood tests.

How are vascular diseases treated?

Which treatment you get depends on which vascular disease you have and how severe it is. Types of treatments for vascular diseases include

Can vascular diseases be prevented?

There are steps you can take to help prevent vascular 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)