Effective October 1, 2009, new codes have been created to identify torus fractures of other sites. Torus or buckle fractures are extremely common injuries seen in children and generally occur from axial loading on a long bone of an extremity, such as falling on an outstretched arm. Torus fractures are most common in the radius (a new code, 813.45, was added for torus fracture of radius in 2002); however, they can also involve either the ulna alone (813.46), or both the radius and ulna (813.47). Code 813.45 has been revised to indicate that the torus fracture is of the radius alone.
The term buckle fracture has been indexed, referring the coder to torus fracture. Also, as torus fractures can occur in the humerus a new entry has been added to index torus fracture of the humerus to code 812.49, Other fracture of lower end of the humerus, closed.
813 Fracture of radius and ulna 813.4 Lower end, closed Revise 813.45 Torus fracture of radius (alone) Add Excludes: Torus fracture of radius and ulna (813.47) New code 813.46 Torus fracture of ulna (alone) Excludes: Torus fracture of radius and ulna (813.47) New code 813.47 Torus fracture of radius and ulna