ICD-9 Code E959

Late effects of self-inflicted injury

Not Valid for Submission

E959 is a legacy non-billable code used to specify a medical diagnosis of late effects of self-inflicted injury. This code was replaced on September 30, 2015 by its ICD-10 equivalent.

ICD-9: E959
Short Description:Late eff of self-injury
Long Description:Late effects of self-inflicted injury

Convert E959 to ICD-10

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

  • X71.8XXS - Oth intentional self-harm by drown, sequela
  • X71.9XXS - Intentional self-harm by drown, unsp, sequela
  • X72.XXXS - Intentional self-harm by handgun discharge, sequela
  • X73.0XXS - Intentional self-harm by shotgun discharge, sequela
  • X73.1XXS - Intentional self-harm by hunting rifle discharge, sequela
  • X73.2XXS - Intentional self-harm by machine gun discharge, sequela
  • X74.01XS - Intentional self-harm by airgun, sequela
  • X74.02XS - Intentional self-harm by paintball gun, sequela
  • X74.8XXS - Intentional self-harm by other firearm discharge, sequela
  • X74.9XXS - Intentional self-harm by unsp firearm discharge, sequela
  • X75.XXXS - Intentional self-harm by explosive material, sequela
  • X76.XXXS - Intentional self-harm by smoke, fire and flames, sequela
  • X77.2XXS - Intentional self-harm by other hot fluids, sequela
  • X78.9XXS - Intentional self-harm by unspecified sharp object, sequela
  • X81.8XXS - Slf-hrm by jump or lying in front of moving object, sequela
  • X82.8XXS - Oth self-harm by crashing of motor vehicle, sequela
  • X83.0XXS - Intentional self-harm by crashing of aircraft, sequela
  • X83.1XXS - Intentional self-harm by electrocution, sequela
  • X83.2XXS - Self-harm by exposure to extremes of cold, sequela
  • X83.8XXS - Intentional self-harm by other specified means, sequela

Code Classification

  • External causes of injury (V)
    • Suicide and self-inflicted injury (E950-E959)
      • E959 Late effects of self-inflicted injury

Information for Medical Professionals

Information for Patients


Self-harm refers to a person's harming their own body on purpose. About 1 in 100 people hurts himself or herself in this way. More females hurt themselves than males. A person who self-harms usually does not mean to kill himself or herself. But they are at higher risk of attempting suicide if they do not get help.

Self-harm tends to begin in teen or early adult years. Some people may engage in self-harm a few times and then stop. Others engage in it more often and have trouble stopping.

Examples of self-harm include

  • Cutting yourself (such as using a razor blade, knife, or other sharp object to cut the skin)
  • Punching yourself or punching things (like a wall)
  • Burning yourself with cigarettes, matches, or candles
  • Pulling out your hair
  • Poking objects through body openings
  • Breaking your bones or bruising yourself

Many people cut themselves because it gives them a sense of relief. Some people use cutting as a means to cope with a problem. Some teens say that when they hurt themselves, they are trying to stop feeling lonely, angry, or hopeless.

It is possible to overcome the urge to hurt yourself. There are other ways to find relief and cope with your emotions. Counseling may help.

Dept. of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health

  • Trichotillomania

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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.