ICD-9 Code 916.6

Superficial foreign body (splinter) of hip, thigh, leg, and ankle, without major open wound and without mention of infection

Not Valid for Submission

916.6 is a legacy non-billable code used to specify a medical diagnosis of superficial foreign body (splinter) of hip, thigh, leg, and ankle, without major open wound and without mention of infection. This code was replaced on September 30, 2015 by its ICD-10 equivalent.

ICD-9: 916.6
Short Description:Foreign body hip/leg
Long Description:Superficial foreign body (splinter) of hip, thigh, leg, and ankle, without major open wound and without mention of infection

Convert 916.6 to ICD-10

The following crosswalk between ICD-9 to ICD-10 is based based on the General Equivalence Mappings (GEMS) information:

  • S70.259A - Superficial foreign body, unspecified hip, initial encounter
  • S70.359A - Superficial foreign body, unspecified thigh, init encntr
  • S80.859A - Superficial foreign body, unspecified lower leg, init encntr
  • S90.559A - Superficial foreign body, unspecified ankle, init encntr

Code Classification

  • Injury and poisoning (800–999)
    • Superficial injury (910-919)
      • 916 Superficial injury of hip, thigh, leg, and ankle

Information for Medical Professionals

Information for Patients


Foreign Bodies

If you've ever gotten a splinter or had sand in your eye, you've had experience with a foreign body. A foreign body is something that is stuck inside you but isn't supposed to be there. You may inhale or swallow a foreign body, or you may get one from an injury to almost any part of your body. Foreign bodies are more common in small children, who sometimes stick things in their mouths, ears, and noses.

Some foreign bodies, like a small splinter, do not cause serious harm. Inhaled or swallowed foreign bodies may cause choking or bowel obstruction and may require medical care.

  • Bezoar
  • Eye - foreign object in
  • Foreign body in the nose
  • Foreign object - inhaled or swallowed
  • Splinter removal

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ICD-9 Footnotes

General Equivalence Map Definitions
The ICD-9 and ICD-10 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.