ICD-10-CM Code Z89.21

Acquired absence of upper limb below elbow

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

Z89.21 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of acquired absence of upper limb below elbow. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:Z89.21
Short Description:Acquired absence of upper limb below elbow
Long Description:Acquired absence of upper limb below elbow

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

  • Z89.211 - Acquired absence of right upper limb below elbow
  • Z89.212 - Acquired absence of left upper limb below elbow
  • Z89.219 - Acquired absence of unspecified upper limb below elbow

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 Z89.21 are found in the index:


Code Classification

  • Factors influencing health status and contact with health services (Z00–Z99)
    • Persons with potential health hazards related to family and personal history and certain conditions influencing health status (Z77-Z99)
      • Acquired absence of limb (Z89)

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


Limb Loss

People can lose all or part of an arm or leg for a number of reasons. Common ones include

  • Problems with blood circulation. These may be the result of atherosclerosis or diabetes. Severe cases may result in amputation.
  • Injuries, including from traffic accidents and military combat
  • Cancer
  • Birth defects

Some amputees have phantom pain, which is the feeling of pain in the missing limb. Other physical problems include surgical complications and skin problems, if you wear an artificial limb. Many amputees use an artificial limb. Learning how to use it takes time. Physical therapy can help you adapt.

Recovery from the loss of a limb can be hard. Sadness, anger, and frustration are common. If you are having a tough time, talk to your doctor. Treatment with medicine or counseling can help.


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