Diagnosis Code S24.109A
Information for Medical Professionals
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.
- 952.9 - Spinal cord injury NOS (approximate) 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.
- Closed fracture of T1-T6 level with spinal cord injury
- Closed fracture of thoracic spine with spinal cord injury
- Closed fracture of thoracic spine with spinal cord lesion
- Fracture of thoracic spine with cord lesion
- Injury of nerves and spinal cord at thorax level
- Injury of thoracic spine
- Laceration of back
- Laceration of spinal cord
- Laceration of thoracic cord
- Open fracture of T7-T12 level with spinal cord injury
- Open fracture of thoracic spine with spinal cord injury
- Open fracture of thoracic spine with spinal cord lesion
- Spinal cord injury of thoracic region without bone injury
- Spinal dislocation with thoracic cord lesion
- Spinal subluxation with thoracic cord lesion
- Thoracic cord injury without spinal bone injury
Information for Patients
Spinal Cord Injuries
Your spinal cord is a bundle of nerves that runs down the middle of your back. It carries signals back and forth between your body and your brain. A spinal cord injury disrupts the signals. Spinal cord injuries usually begin with a blow that fractures or dislocates your vertebrae, the bone disks that make up your spine. Most injuries don't cut through your spinal cord. Instead, they cause damage when pieces of vertebrae tear into cord tissue or press down on the nerve parts that carry signals.
Spinal cord injuries can be complete or incomplete. With a complete spinal cord injury, the cord can't send signals below the level of the injury. As a result, you are paralyzed below the injury. With an incomplete injury, you have some movement and sensation below the injury.
A spinal cord injury is a medical emergency. Immediate treatment can reduce long-term effects. Treatments may include medicines, braces or traction to stabilize the spine, and surgery. Later treatment usually includes medicines and rehabilitation therapy. Mobility aids and assistive devices may help you to get around and do some daily tasks.
NIH: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
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