ICD-10 Diagnosis Code X83.8XXA

Intentional self-harm by other specified means, init encntr

Diagnosis Code X83.8XXA

ICD-10: X83.8XXA
Short Description: Intentional self-harm by other specified means, init encntr
Long Description: Intentional self-harm by other specified means, initial encounter
This is the 2019 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code X83.8XXA

Valid for Submission
The code X83.8XXA is valid for submission for HIPAA-covered transactions.

Code Classification
  • External causes of morbidity and mortality (V01–Y98)
    • Intentional self-harm (X71-X83)
      • Intentional self-harm by other specified means (X83)

Information for Medical Professionals

Convert to ICD-9
  • E958.7 - Injury-caustic substance (Approximate Flag)
  • E958.8 - Injury-NEC (Approximate Flag)

Present on Admission (POA)
The code X83.8XXA is exempt from POA reporting.

  • Assisted suicide
  • Attempt suicide - domestic gas
  • Attempted suicide - hanging
  • Attempted suicide - suffocation
  • Biting own arm
  • Biting own fingers
  • Biting own hand
  • Biting own toes
  • Biting own tongue
  • Biting self
  • Breaking own bones
  • Compulsive scratching behavior
  • Compulsive self-biting behavior
  • Damaging own wounds
  • Death by asphyxiation
  • Drowning self
  • Eating own flesh
  • Found hanging self
  • Gouging own body parts
  • Gouging own eyes
  • Gouging own flesh
  • Gouging own rectum
  • Gouging own vagina
  • Hanging self
  • Head-hitting
  • Hitting self
  • Inserting foreign bodies into own orifices
  • Inserting objects into wound
  • Intentionally harming self
  • Nipping self
  • Non suicidal self inflicted injury
  • Patient suicide, or attempted suicide resulting in serious disability, while being cared for in a healthcare facility
  • Picking own skin
  • Pinching self
  • Poking fingers into wound
  • Pulling out sutures
  • Pulling own teeth out
  • Punching self
  • Removing own nails
  • Reopening scars
  • Rubbing own skin
  • Scratches self
  • Self inflicted injury
  • Self inflicted injury of lip
  • Self-inflicted skin lesions
  • Self-inflicted trauma involving penis
  • Serious reportable event associated with patient protection
  • Slapping self
  • Suicide - car exhaust
  • Suicide - hanging
  • Suicide - suffocation
  • Suicide by multiple means
  • Suicide by self-administered drug
  • Suicide while incarcerated
  • Swallowing objects
  • Swallowing substances
  • Throwing self onto floor

Information for Patients


Self-harm refers to a person's harming their own body on purpose. About 1 in 100 people hurts himself or herself in this way. More females hurt themselves than males. A person who self-harms usually does not mean to kill himself or herself. But they are at higher risk of attempting suicide if they do not get help.

Self-harm tends to begin in teen or early adult years. Some people may engage in self-harm a few times and then stop. Others engage in it more often and have trouble stopping.

Examples of self-harm include

  • Cutting yourself (such as using a razor blade, knife, or other sharp object to cut the skin)
  • Punching yourself or punching things (like a wall)
  • Burning yourself with cigarettes, matches, or candles
  • Pulling out your hair
  • Poking objects through body openings
  • Breaking your bones or bruising yourself

Many people cut themselves because it gives them a sense of relief. Some people use cutting as a means to cope with a problem. Some teens say that when they hurt themselves, they are trying to stop feeling lonely, angry, or hopeless.

It is possible to overcome the urge to hurt yourself. There are other ways to find relief and cope with your emotions. Counseling may help.

Dept. of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health

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ICD-10 Footnotes

General Equivalence Map Definitions
The ICD-10 and ICD-9 GEMs are used to facilitate linking between the diagnosis codes in ICD-9-CM and the new ICD-10-CM code set. The GEMs are the raw material from which providers, health information vendors and payers can derive specific applied mappings to meet their needs.

  • Approximate Flag - The approximate flag is on, indicating that the relationship between the code in the source system and the code in the target system is an approximate equivalent.
  • No Map Flag - The no map flag indicates that a code in the source system is not linked to any code in the target system.
  • Combination Flag - The combination flag indicates that more than one code in the target system is required to satisfy the full equivalent meaning of a code in the source system.

Present on Admission
The Present on Admission (POA) indicator is used for diagnosis codes included in claims involving inpatient admissions to general acute care hospitals. POA indicators must be reported to CMS on each claim to facilitate the grouping of diagnoses codes into the proper Diagnostic Related Groups (DRG). CMS publishes a listing of specific diagnosis codes that are exempt from the POA reporting requirement.

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