ICD-10-CM Code T14.90

Injury, unspecified

Version 2020 Replaced Code Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

T14.90 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of injury, unspecified. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:T14.90
Short Description:Injury, unspecified
Long Description:Injury, unspecified

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

Replaced Code

This code was replaced in the 2020 ICD-10 code set with the code(s) listed below. The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) has published an update to the ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes which became effective October 1, 2019. This code was replaced for the FY 2020 (October 1, 2019 - September 30, 2020).

  • T14.90XA - Injury, unspecified, initial encounter
  • T14.90XD - Injury, unspecified, subsequent encounter
  • T14.90XS - Injury, unspecified, 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 T14.90:

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.
  • Injury NOS

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 T14.90 are found in the index:

  • - Injury - See Also: specified injury type; - T14.90

Clinical Information

  • ABDOMINAL INJURIES-. general or unspecified injuries involving organs in the abdominal cavity.
  • COLD INJURY-. a physical injury caused by exposure of the body to extremely low ambient temperatures that may lead to loss of body parts or in extreme cases death. examples of cold injury are frostbite and chilblains.
  • WAR RELATED INJURIES-. wounds and injuries and psychological trauma sustained during war.
  • DEGLOVING INJURIES-. avulsions of the superficial tissues of skin and subcutaneous tissue from the underlying fascia.
  • ANTERIOR CRUCIATE LIGAMENT INJURIES-. sprain or tear injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament of the knee.
  • SHOULDER INJURIES-. injuries involving the shoulders.
  • TIBIAL MENISCUS INJURIES-. injuries to the tibial meniscus of the leg.
  • ROTATOR CUFF INJURIES-. injuries to the rotator cuff of the shoulder joint.
  • BRAIN INJURIES TRAUMATIC-. a form of acquired brain injury which occurs when a sudden trauma causes damage to the brain.
  • CRUSH INJURIES-. excessive compression of parts of the body that causes muscle swelling fracture and/or neurological disturbances in the affected areas. crush injury with systemic manifestations is referred to as crush syndrome.
  • MYOCARDIAL CONTUSIONS-. bruise to the heart muscle due to blunt thoracic trauma.
  • ARM INJURIES-. general or unspecified injuries involving the upper arm and the forearm.
  • ATHLETIC INJURIES-. injuries incurred during participation in competitive or non competitive sports.
  • BIRTH INJURIES-. mechanical or anoxic trauma incurred by the infant during labor or delivery.
  • BLAST INJURIES-. injuries resulting when a person is struck by particles impelled with violent force from an explosion. blast causes pulmonary concussion and hemorrhage laceration of other thoracic and abdominal viscera ruptured ear drums and minor effects in the central nervous system. from dorland 27th ed
  • BRAIN INJURIES-. acute and chronic see also brain injuries chronic injuries to the brain including the cerebral hemispheres cerebellum and brain stem. clinical manifestations depend on the nature of injury. diffuse trauma to the brain is frequently associated with diffuse axonal injury or coma post traumatic. localized injuries may be associated with neurobehavioral manifestations; hemiparesis or other focal neurologic deficits.
  • DNA DAMAGE-. injuries to dna that introduce deviations from its normal intact structure and which may if left unrepaired result in a mutation or a block of dna replication. these deviations may be caused by physical or chemical agents and occur by natural or unnatural introduced circumstances. they include the introduction of illegitimate bases during replication or by deamination or other modification of bases; the loss of a base from the dna backbone leaving an abasic site; single strand breaks; double strand breaks; and intrastrand pyrimidine dimers or interstrand crosslinking. damage can often be repaired dna repair. if the damage is extensive it can induce apoptosis.
  • ELECTRIC INJURIES-. injuries caused by electric currents. the concept excludes electric burns burns electric but includes accidental electrocution and electric shock.
  • EYE INJURIES-. damage or trauma inflicted to the eye by external means. the concept includes both surface injuries and intraocular injuries.
  • FACIAL INJURIES-. general or unspecified injuries to the soft tissue or bony portions of the face.
  • FINGER INJURIES-. general or unspecified injuries involving the fingers.
  • FOREARM INJURIES-. injuries to the part of the upper limb of the body between the wrist and elbow.
  • HAND INJURIES-. general or unspecified injuries to the hand.
  • CRANIOCEREBRAL TRAUMA-. traumatic injuries involving the cranium and intracranial structures i.e. brain; cranial nerves; meninges; and other structures. injuries may be classified by whether or not the skull is penetrated i.e. penetrating vs. nonpenetrating or whether there is an associated hemorrhage.
  • HEART INJURIES-. general or unspecified injuries to the heart.
  • INTRAOPERATIVE COMPLICATIONS-. complications that affect patients during surgery. they may or may not be associated with the disease for which the surgery is done or within the same surgical procedure.
  • KNEE INJURIES-. injuries to the knee or the knee joint.
  • LEG INJURIES-. general or unspecified injuries involving the leg.
  • MANDIBULAR INJURIES-. injuries to the lower jaw bone.
  • MAXILLOFACIAL INJURIES-. general or unspecified injuries involving the face and jaw either upper lower or both.
  • MULTIPLE TRAUMA-. multiple physical insults or injuries occurring simultaneously.
  • RADIATION INJURIES-. harmful effects of non experimental exposure to ionizing or non ionizing radiation in vertebrates.
  • CUMULATIVE TRAUMA DISORDERS-. harmful and painful condition caused by overuse or overexertion of some part of the musculoskeletal system often resulting from work related physical activities. it is characterized by inflammation pain or dysfunction of the involved joints bones ligaments and nerves.
  • SPINAL CORD INJURIES-. penetrating and non penetrating injuries to the spinal cord resulting from traumatic external forces e.g. wounds gunshot; whiplash injuries; etc..
  • SPINAL INJURIES-. injuries involving the vertebral column.
  • STRESS DISORDERS POST TRAUMATIC-. a class of traumatic stress disorders with symptoms that last more than one month.
  • TENDON INJURIES-. injuries to the fibrous cords of connective tissue which attach muscles to bones or other structures.
  • THORACIC INJURIES-. general or unspecified injuries to the chest area.
  • WHIPLASH INJURIES-. hyperextension injury to the neck often the result of being struck from behind by a fast moving vehicle in an automobile accident. from segen the dictionary of modern medicine 1992
  • WOUNDS AND INJURIES-. damage inflicted on the body as the direct or indirect result of an external force with or without disruption of structural continuity.
  • WOUNDS NONPENETRATING-. injuries caused by impact with a blunt object where there is no penetration of the skin.
  • WRIST INJURIES-. injuries to the wrist or the wrist joint.
  • LIGHTNING INJURIES-. accidental injuries caused by brief high voltage electrical discharges during thunderstorms. cardiopulmonary arrest coma and other neurologic symptoms myocardial necrosis and dermal burns are common. prompt treatment of the acute sequelae including cardiopulmonary resuscitation is indicated for survival.
  • SMOKE INHALATION INJURY-. pulmonary injury following the breathing in of toxic smoke from burning materials such as plastics synthetics building materials etc. this injury is the most frequent cause of death in burn patients.
  • REPERFUSION INJURY-. adverse functional metabolic or structural changes in ischemic tissues resulting from the restoration of blood flow to the tissue reperfusion including swelling; hemorrhage; necrosis; and damage from free radicals. the most common instance is myocardial reperfusion injury.
  • MYOCARDIAL REPERFUSION INJURY-. damage to the myocardium resulting from myocardial reperfusion restoration of blood flow to ischemic areas of the heart. reperfusion takes place when there is spontaneous thrombolysis thrombolytic therapy collateral flow from other coronary vascular beds or reversal of vasospasm.
  • INJURY SEVERITY SCORE-. an anatomic severity scale based on the abbreviated injury scale ais and developed specifically to score multiple traumatic injuries. it has been used as a predictor of mortality.
  • EYE INJURIES PENETRATING-. deeply perforating or puncturing type intraocular injuries.
  • ABBREVIATED INJURY SCALE-. classification system for assessing impact injury severity developed and published by the american association for automotive medicine. it is the system of choice for coding single injuries and is the foundation for methods assessing multiple injuries or for assessing cumulative effects of more than one injury. these include maximum ais mais injury severity score iss and probability of death score pods.
  • ANKLE INJURIES-. harm or hurt to the ankle or ankle joint usually inflicted by an external source.
  • NEEDLESTICK INJURIES-. penetrating stab wounds caused by needles. they are of special concern to health care workers since such injuries put them at risk for developing infectious disease.
  • SOFT TISSUE INJURIES-. injuries of tissue other than bone. the concept is usually general and does not customarily refer to internal organs or viscera. it is meaningful with reference to regions or organs where soft tissue muscle fat skin should be differentiated from bones or bone tissue as "soft tissue injuries of the hand".
  • FOOT INJURIES-. general or unspecified injuries involving the foot.
  • TOOTH INJURIES-. traumatic or other damage to teeth including fractures tooth fractures or displacements tooth luxation.
  • BACK INJURIES-. general or unspecified injuries to the posterior part of the trunk. it includes injuries to the muscles of the back.
  • NECK INJURIES-. general or unspecified injuries to the neck. it includes injuries to the skin muscles and other soft tissues of the neck.
  • HEAD INJURIES PENETRATING-. head injuries which feature compromise of the skull and dura mater. these may result from gunshot wounds wounds gunshot stab wounds wounds stab and other forms of trauma.
  • CRANIAL NERVE INJURIES-. dysfunction of one or more cranial nerves causally related to a traumatic injury. penetrating and nonpenetrating craniocerebral trauma; neck injuries; and trauma to the facial region are conditions associated with cranial nerve injuries.
  • CAROTID ARTERY INJURIES-. damages to the carotid arteries caused either by blunt force or penetrating trauma such as craniocerebral trauma; thoracic injuries; and neck injuries. damaged carotid arteries can lead to carotid artery thrombosis; carotid cavernous sinus fistula; pseudoaneurysm formation; and internal carotid artery dissection. from am j forensic med pathol 1997 18:251; j trauma 1994 37:473
  • CEREBROVASCULAR TRAUMA-. penetrating and nonpenetrating traumatic injuries to an extracranial or intracranial blood vessel that supplies the brain. this includes the carotid arteries; vertebral arteries; meningeal arteries; cerebral arteries; veins and venous sinuses.
  • FACIAL NERVE INJURIES-. traumatic injuries to the facial nerve. this may result in facial paralysis decreased lacrimation and salivation and loss of taste sensation in the anterior tongue. the nerve may regenerate and reform its original pattern of innervation or regenerate aberrantly resulting in inappropriate lacrimation in response to gustatory stimuli e.g. "crocodile tears" and other syndromes.
  • OPTIC NERVE INJURIES-. injuries to the optic nerve induced by a trauma to the face or head. these may occur with closed or penetrating injuries. relatively minor compression of the superior aspect of orbit may also result in trauma to the optic nerve. clinical manifestations may include visual loss papilledema and an afferent pupillary defect.
  • ABDUCENS NERVE INJURY-. traumatic injury to the abducens or sixth cranial nerve. injury to this nerve results in lateral rectus muscle weakness or paralysis. the nerve may be damaged by closed or penetrating craniocerebral trauma or by facial trauma involving the orbit.
  • DIFFUSE AXONAL INJURY-. a relatively common sequela of blunt head injury characterized by a global disruption of axons throughout the brain. associated clinical features may include neurobehavioral manifestations; persistent vegetative state; dementia; and other disorders.
  • PRECONCEPTION INJURIES-. damages to reproductive health prior to conception fertilization a legal term for torts liability concerning environmental safety issues. preconception injuries may involve either the male or the female such as chromosomal mutations in the ova or the spermatozoa.
  • PRENATAL INJURIES-. damages to the embryo mammalian or the fetus before birth. damages can be caused by any factors including biological chemical or physical.
  • LUNG INJURY-. damage to any compartment of the lung caused by physical chemical or biological agents which characteristically elicit inflammatory reaction. these inflammatory reactions can either be acute and dominated by neutrophils or chronic and dominated by lymphocytes and macrophages.
  • CHEMICAL AND DRUG INDUCED LIVER INJURY-. a spectrum of clinical liver diseases ranging from mild biochemical abnormalities to acute liver failure caused by drugs drug metabolites herbal and dietary supplements and chemicals from the environment.
  • CONTRECOUP INJURY-. an injury in which the damage is located on the opposite side of the primary impact site. a blow to the back of head which results in contrecoup injury to the frontal lobes of the brain is the most common type.
  • CONDUCTED ENERGY WEAPON INJURIES-. the injuries caused by conducted energy weapons such as stun guns shock batons and cattle prods.
  • VASCULAR SYSTEM INJURIES-. injuries to blood vessels caused by laceration contusion puncture or crush and other types of injuries. symptoms vary by site and mode of injuries and may include bleeding bruising swelling pain and numbness. it does not include injuries secondary to pathologic function or diseases such as atherosclerosis.
  • OCCUPATIONAL INJURIES-. injuries sustained from incidents in the course of work related activities.
  • OLFACTORY NERVE INJURIES-. traumatic injuries to the olfactory nerve. it may result in various olfactory dysfunction including a complete loss of smell.
  • OCULOMOTOR NERVE INJURIES-. traumatic injuries to the oculomotor nerve. this may result in various eye movement dysfunction.
  • TRIGEMINAL NERVE INJURIES-. traumatic injuries to the trigeminal nerve. it may result in extreme pain abnormal sensation in the areas the nerve innervates on face jaw gums and tongue and can cause difficulties with speech and chewing. it is sometimes associated with various dental treatments.
  • LINGUAL NERVE INJURIES-. traumatic injuries to the lingual nerve. it may be a complication following dental treatments.
  • VAGUS NERVE INJURIES-. traumatic injuries to the vagus nerve. because the vagus nerve innervates multiple organs injuries in the nerve fibers may result in any gastrointestinal organ dysfunction downstream of the injury site.
  • LARYNGEAL NERVE INJURIES-. traumatic injuries to the laryngeal nerve.
  • ACCESSORY NERVE INJURIES-. traumatic injuries to the accessory nerve. damage to the nerve may produce weakness in head rotation and shoulder elevation.
  • HYPOGLOSSAL NERVE INJURIES-. traumatic injuries to the hypoglossal nerve.
  • TROCHLEAR NERVE INJURIES-. traumatic injuries to the trochlear nerve.
  • VESTIBULOCOCHLEAR NERVE INJURIES-. traumatic injuries to the vestibulocochlear nerve.
  • GLOSSOPHARYNGEAL NERVE INJURIES-. traumatic injuries to the glossopharyngeal nerve.
  • CORNEAL INJURIES-. damage or trauma inflicted to the cornea by external means.

Code Classification

  • Injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes (S00–T98)
    • Injury of unspecified body region (T14)
      • Injury of unspecified body region (T14)

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 - Code Deleted, 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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