ICD-10 Diagnosis Code S04.039A

Injury of optic tract and pathways, unspecified side, init

Diagnosis Code S04.039A

ICD-10: S04.039A
Short Description: Injury of optic tract and pathways, unspecified side, init
Long Description: Injury of optic tract and pathways, unspecified side, initial encounter
This is the 2018 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code S04.039A

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The code S04.039A is valid for submission for HIPAA-covered transactions.

Code Classification
  • Injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes (S00–T98)
    • Injuries to the head (S00-S09)
      • Injury of cranial nerve (S04)

Information for Medical Professionals

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  • Avulsion of cranial nerve
  • Avulsion of optic nerve
  • Complete division of cranial nerve
  • Disorder of optic tract
  • Injury of optic chiasm
  • Injury of optic radiation
  • Injury of optic tract
  • Optic nerve and pathway injury
  • Optic radiation disorder
  • Traumatic injury of optic disk
  • Traumatic injury of visual pathways
  • Traumatic injury of visual pathways
  • Traumatic optic nerve injury
  • Traumatic optic neuropathy

Information for Patients

Optic Nerve Disorders

The optic nerve is a bundle of more than 1 million nerve fibers that carry visual messages. You have one connecting the back of each eye (your retina) to your brain. Damage to an optic nerve can cause vision loss. The type of vision loss and how severe it is depends on where the damage occurs. It may affect one or both eyes.

There are many different types of optic nerve disorders, including:

  • Glaucoma is a group of diseases that are the leading cause of blindness in the United States. Glaucoma usually happens when the fluid pressure inside the eyes slowly rises and damages the optic nerve.
  • Optic neuritis is an inflammation of the optic nerve. Causes include infections and immune-related illnesses such as multiple sclerosis. Sometimes the cause is unknown.
  • Optic nerve atrophy is damage to the optic nerve. Causes include poor blood flow to the eye, disease, trauma, or exposure to toxic substances.
  • Optic nerve head drusen are pockets of protein and calcium salts that build up in the optic nerve over time

Contact your health care provider if you are having vision problems. Tests for optic nerve disorders may include eye exams, ophthalmoscopy (an examination of the back of your eye), and imaging tests. Treatment depends on which disorder that you have. With some optic nerve disorders, you may get your vision back. With others, there is no treatment, or treatment may only prevent further vision loss.

  • Optic glioma (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Optic nerve atrophy (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Optic neuritis (Medical Encyclopedia)

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