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Anatomy of ICD-10 and New Features: Finding S52.131A

By:  Chris Woolstenhulme, QCC, CMCS, CPC, CMRS
Published:  May 11th, 2015

ICD-10-CM, these Diagnosis Codes can be as short as 3 digits or as long as 7 digits; furthermore, ICD-10 consists of Alphabetical and Numeric values as well as a decimal.
 
Take a look at the following code:
 
S52.131A – Displaced fracture of neck of right radius, initial encounter for closed fracture

Digit 1 is alphabetical; "S" tells me it is "Injury and Poisoning"

1= S - Injury and poisoning

S00.00XA T88.9XXS      Injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes (S00-T88) 

Digit 2 is numeric; "5" tells me it is "Injuries  + "

2= injury to the elbow and forearm

S50.00XA S59.919S      S50-S59 Injuries to the elbow and forearm (S50-S59) 

Digits 3–7 are either alphabetical or numeric (alphabetical characters are not case sensitive)

Digit 3 is "2" Fracture of the forearm

S52.001A S52.92XS      S52 Fracture of forearm 
  • Remember a decimal is used after the third character just like ICD-9

Digit 4 is "9"

S52.131A S52.131S      S52.131 Displaced fracture of neck of right radius 

Digit 5 is "3"

S52.101A S52.189S      S52.1 Fracture of upper end of radius 
 
Digit 6 is "1"

S52.131A S52.131S      S52.131 Displaced fracture of neck of right radius 

Digit 7 = "A"

S52.131A     Disp fx of neck of right radius, init for clos fx
 
 
S52.131A – Displaced fracture of neck of right radius, initial encounter for closed fracture

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