2021 ICD-10-CM Code T34.5

Frostbite with tissue necrosis of wrist, hand, and finger(s)

Version 2021
Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

T34.5 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of frostbite with tissue necrosis of wrist, hand, and finger(s). 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.

ICD-10:T34.5
Short Description:Frostbite with tissue necrosis of wrist, hand, and finger(s)
Long Description:Frostbite with tissue necrosis of wrist, hand, and finger(s)

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Frostbite with tissue necrosis of wrist, hand, and finger(s)

Header codes like T34.5 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 frostbite with tissue necrosis of wrist, hand, and finger(s):

  • T34.51 - Frostbite with tissue necrosis of wrist
  • T34.511 - Frostbite with tissue necrosis of right wrist
  • T34.511A - Frostbite with tissue necrosis of right wrist, initial encounter
  • T34.511D - Frostbite with tissue necrosis of right wrist, subsequent encounter
  • T34.511S - Frostbite with tissue necrosis of right wrist, sequela
  • T34.512 - Frostbite with tissue necrosis of left wrist
  • T34.512A - Frostbite with tissue necrosis of left wrist, initial encounter
  • T34.512D - Frostbite with tissue necrosis of left wrist, subsequent encounter
  • T34.512S - Frostbite with tissue necrosis of left wrist, sequela
  • T34.519 - Frostbite with tissue necrosis of unspecified wrist
  • T34.519A - Frostbite with tissue necrosis of unspecified wrist, initial encounter
  • T34.519D - Frostbite with tissue necrosis of unspecified wrist, subsequent encounter
  • T34.519S - Frostbite with tissue necrosis of unspecified wrist, sequela
  • T34.52 - Frostbite with tissue necrosis of hand
  • T34.521 - Frostbite with tissue necrosis of right hand
  • T34.521A - Frostbite with tissue necrosis of right hand, initial encounter
  • T34.521D - Frostbite with tissue necrosis of right hand, subsequent encounter
  • T34.521S - Frostbite with tissue necrosis of right hand, sequela
  • T34.522 - Frostbite with tissue necrosis of left hand
  • T34.522A - Frostbite with tissue necrosis of left hand, initial encounter
  • T34.522D - Frostbite with tissue necrosis of left hand, subsequent encounter
  • T34.522S - Frostbite with tissue necrosis of left hand, sequela
  • T34.529 - Frostbite with tissue necrosis of unspecified hand
  • T34.529A - Frostbite with tissue necrosis of unspecified hand, initial encounter
  • T34.529D - Frostbite with tissue necrosis of unspecified hand, subsequent encounter
  • T34.529S - Frostbite with tissue necrosis of unspecified hand, sequela
  • T34.53 - Frostbite with tissue necrosis of finger(s)
  • T34.531 - Frostbite with tissue necrosis of right finger(s)
  • T34.531A - Frostbite with tissue necrosis of right finger(s), initial encounter
  • T34.531D - Frostbite with tissue necrosis of right finger(s), subsequent encounter
  • T34.531S - Frostbite with tissue necrosis of right finger(s), sequela
  • T34.532 - Frostbite with tissue necrosis of left finger(s)
  • T34.532A - Frostbite with tissue necrosis of left finger(s), initial encounter
  • T34.532D - Frostbite with tissue necrosis of left finger(s), subsequent encounter
  • T34.532S - Frostbite with tissue necrosis of left finger(s), sequela
  • T34.539 - Frostbite with tissue necrosis of unspecified finger(s)
  • T34.539A - Frostbite with tissue necrosis of unspecified finger(s), initial encounter
  • T34.539D - Frostbite with tissue necrosis of unspecified finger(s), subsequent encounter
  • T34.539S - Frostbite with tissue necrosis of unspecified finger(s), sequela

Information for Patients


Frostbite

Frostbite is an injury to the body that is caused by freezing. It most often affects the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers, or toes. Frostbite can permanently damage the body, and severe cases can lead to amputation.

If you have frostbite, the skin in that area may turn white or grayish-yellow. It may feel firm or waxy when you touch it. The area will also feel numb.

If you have symptoms of frostbite, seek medical care. But if immediate medical care isn't available, here are steps to take:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


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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)