ICD-10-CM Code Y36.20

War operations involving unspecified explosion and fragments

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

Y36.20 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of war operations involving unspecified explosion and fragments. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:Y36.20
Short Description:War operations involving unspecified explosion and fragments
Long Description:War operations involving unspecified explosion and fragments

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

  • Y36.200 - ... military personnel
  • Y36.200A - ... military personnel, initial encounter
  • Y36.200D - ... military personnel, subsequent encounter
  • Y36.200S - ... military personnel, sequela
  • Y36.201 - ... civilian
  • Y36.201A - ... civilian, initial encounter
  • Y36.201D - ... civilian, subsequent encounter
  • Y36.201S - ... civilian, 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 Y36.20:

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.
  • War operations involving air blast NOS
  • War operations involving blast NOS
  • War operations involving blast fragments NOS
  • War operations involving blast wave NOS
  • War operations involving blast wind NOS
  • War operations involving explosion NOS
  • War operations involving explosion of bomb NOS

Index of External Cause of Injuries

References found for the code Y36.20 in the External Cause of Injuries Index:

    • War operations(injuries to military personnel and civilians during war, civil insurrection and peacekeeping missions) (by) (from) (involving)
      • air blast
    • War operations(injuries to military personnel and civilians during war, civil insurrection and peacekeeping missions) (by) (from) (involving)
      • blast
    • War operations(injuries to military personnel and civilians during war, civil insurrection and peacekeeping missions) (by) (from) (involving)
      • blast fragments
    • War operations(injuries to military personnel and civilians during war, civil insurrection and peacekeeping missions) (by) (from) (involving)
      • blast wave
    • War operations(injuries to military personnel and civilians during war, civil insurrection and peacekeeping missions) (by) (from) (involving)
      • blast wind
    • War operations(injuries to military personnel and civilians during war, civil insurrection and peacekeeping missions) (by) (from) (involving)
      • bomb
    • War operations(injuries to military personnel and civilians during war, civil insurrection and peacekeeping missions) (by) (from) (involving)
      • explosion (of)
    • War operations(injuries to military personnel and civilians during war, civil insurrection and peacekeeping missions) (by) (from) (involving)
      • explosion (of)
        • bomb NOS
    • War operations(injuries to military personnel and civilians during war, civil insurrection and peacekeeping missions) (by) (from) (involving)
      • explosion (of)
        • fragments

Code Classification

  • External causes of morbidity and mortality (V01–Y98)
    • Legal intervention, operations of war, military operations, and terrorism (Y35-Y38)
      • Operations of war (Y36)

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 - No Change, 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


Veterans and Military Health

Military service members and veterans have made sacrifices to our country, and they face different health issues than civilians. During their service, they are at risk for various injuries. These injuries can happen during combat, while others involve physical stress to the body. Sometimes the injuries are life-threatening or serious enough to cause disability. Others may not be as serious, but can be painful and affect daily life. Specific types of injuries include

  • Shrapnel and gunshot wounds
  • Lost limbs
  • Head and brain injuries
  • Tinnitus and hearing loss, typically from exposure to noise
  • Sprains and strains
  • Limited range of motion, especially in ankles and knees

There may also be a risk of health problems from exposure to environmental hazards, such as contaminated water, chemicals, infections, and burn pits.

Being in combat and being separated from your family can be stressful. The stress can put service members and veterans at risk for mental health problems. These include anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and substance abuse. Suicide can also be a concern.


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