What is the ICD-10 Code for Spinal Cord Injury?

The ICD-10 Code for spinal cord injury is S14.109A.

About the ICD-10 Code for Spinal Cord Injury

S14.109A is a billable/specific ICD-10-CM code that can be used to indicate a diagnosis for reimbursement purposes. The short definition is unspecified injury at unspecified level of cervical spinal cord. The 2018 edition of ICD-10-CM S14.109A became effective on October 1, 2017.

2012 ICD-9-CM Diagnosis Code 952

This code is used for spinal cord injury without evidence of spinal bone injury. For claims with a date of service on or after October 1, 2015, use an equivalent ICD-10-CM code (or codes).


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Definition of ICD-10 S14.109A

A spinal cord injury (SCI) is damage to the spinal cord that results in a loss of function, such movement and/or feeling. The common causes are injury and accidents, or from such diseases as polio, spina bifida, Friedreich’s ataxia, and so on. The spinal cord does not have to be severed for a loss of function to occur. In fact, in most people with spinal cord injury, the cord is intact, but the damage to it results in loss of function. Spinal cord injury is very different from back injuries, such as ruptured disks, spinal stenosis or pinched nerves. The spinal cord is a collection of nerves that travel from the bottom of the brain down your back. There are 31 pairs of nerves that leave the spinal cord and go to your arms, legs, chest and abdomen. These nerves allow your brain to give commands to your muscles and cause movements of your arms and legs. The nerves that control your arms exit from the upper portion of the spinal cord, while the nerves to your legs exit from the lower portion of the spinal cord. The nerves also control the function of your organs including your heart, lungs, bowels, and bladder. For example, signals from the spinal cord control how fast your heart beats and your rate of breathing. Injury to the spinal cord nerves can result in paralysis, affecting some or all of the aforementioned body functions. The result is a spinal cord injury. There are approximately 12,000 new cases of spinal cord injuries every year in the U.S.

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