2024 ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code W86.8XXA

Exposure to other electric current, initial encounter

ICD-10-CM Code:
W86.8XXA
ICD-10 Code for:
Exposure to other electric current, initial encounter
Is Billable?
Yes - Valid for Submission
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Code Classification

  • External causes of morbidity and mortality
    (V01–Y99)
    • Exposure to electric current, radiation and extreme ambient air temperature and pressure
      (W85-W99)
      • Exposure to other specified electric current
        (W86)

W86.8XXA is a billable diagnosis code used to specify a medical diagnosis of exposure to other electric current, initial encounter. The code is valid during the current fiscal year for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions from October 01, 2023 through September 30, 2024.

W86.8XXA is an initial encounter code, includes a 7th character and should be used while the patient is receiving active treatment for a condition like exposure to other electric current. According to ICD-10-CM Guidelines an "initial encounter" doesn't necessarily means "initial visit". The 7th character should be used when the patient is undergoing active treatment regardless if new or different providers saw the patient over the course of a treatment. The appropriate 7th character codes should also be used even if the patient delayed seeking treatment for a condition.

Approximate Synonyms

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

  • Accident caused by central electric current
  • Accident caused by electric current
  • Accident caused by electric wiring or appliance
  • Accident caused by electric wiring or appliance
  • Accident caused by electric wiring or appliance
  • Accident caused by electric wiring or appliance
  • Accident caused by electric wiring or appliance
  • Accident caused by electric wiring or appliance in public building
  • Accident caused by electric wiring or appliance in residential institution
  • Accident caused by electric wiring or appliance in school
  • Accident caused by electric wiring or appliance on farm
  • Accident caused by electric wiring or appliance outdoors
  • Exposure to accidental electric arc
  • Exposure to electric current
  • Exposure to electric current, with passage of current through tissue
  • Exposure to heat flash
  • Injury caused by electrical exposure
  • Microshock
  • Myelopathy due to electrical exposure
  • Non-fatal electric current effects
  • Power line electric accident
  • Radiculopathy caused by electricity

Clinical Classification

Clinical CategoryCCSR Category CodeInpatient Default CCSROutpatient Default CCSR
External cause codes: intent of injury, accidental/unintentionalEXT020X - Not applicable.X - Not applicable.
External cause codes: other specified, classifiable and NEC; initial encounterEXT018X - Not applicable.X - Not applicable.

Convert W86.8XXA to ICD-9-CM

  • ICD-9-CM Code: E925.8 - Electric current acc NEC
    Approximate Flag - The approximate mapping means there is not an exact match between the ICD-10 and ICD-9 codes and the mapped code is not a precise representation of the original code.

Patient Education


Electrical Injuries

When you come in direct contact with electricity, it can pass through your body and cause injuries. These electrical injuries can be external or internal. You may have one or both types. External injuries are skin burns. Internal injuries include damage to your organs, bones, muscles, and nerves. You could also have abnormal heart rhythms and sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).

How bad your injuries are depends on how strong the electric current was, what type of current it was, how it moved through your body, and how long you were exposed. Other factors include how healthy you are, and how quickly you get treatment.

Causes of electrical injuries include:

  • Lightning strikes
  • Faulty electrical appliances
  • Work-related exposures
  • Contact with household wiring or power lines
  • Accidents in small children, when they bite or suck on electrical cords, or stick objects in outlets

If you get an electrical injury, you should see a doctor. You may have internal damage and not realize it.


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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 (broken bones)
  • Sprains and strains

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Code History

  • FY 2024 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2023 through 9/30/2024
  • FY 2023 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2022 through 9/30/2023
  • FY 2022 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2021 through 9/30/2022
  • 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. This was the first year ICD-10-CM was implemented into the HIPAA code set.