2019 ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code L89.9

Pressure ulcer of unspecified site

    2016 2017 2018 2019 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
  • L89.9 should not be used for reimbursement purposes as there are multiple codes below it that contain a greater level of detail.
  • The 2019 edition of ICD-10-CM L89.9 became effective on October 1, 2018.
  • This is the American ICD-10-CM version of L89.9 - other international versions of ICD-10 L89.9 may differ.
The following code(s) above L89.9 contain annotation back-references
Annotation Back-References
In this context, annotation back-references refer to codes that contain:
  • Applicable To annotations, or
  • Code Also annotations, or
  • Code First annotations, or
  • Excludes1 annotations, or
  • Excludes2 annotations, or
  • Includes annotations, or
  • Note annotations, or
  • Use Additional annotations
that may be applicable to L89.9:
  • L00-L99
    2019 ICD-10-CM Range L00-L99

    Diseases of the skin and subcutaneous tissue

    Type 2 Excludes
    • certain conditions originating in the perinatal period (P04-P96)
    • certain infectious and parasitic diseases (A00-B99)
    • complications of pregnancy, childbirth and the puerperium (O00-O9A)
    • congenital malformations, deformations, and chromosomal abnormalities (Q00-Q99)
    • endocrine, nutritional and metabolic diseases (E00-E88)
    • lipomelanotic reticulosis (I89.8)
    • neoplasms (C00-D49)
    • symptoms, signs and abnormal clinical and laboratory findings, not elsewhere classified (R00-R94)
    • systemic connective tissue disorders (M30-M36)
    • viral warts (B07.-)
    Diseases of the skin and subcutaneous tissue
  • L89
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code L89

    Pressure ulcer

      2016 2017 2018 2019 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
    Code First
    • any associated gangrene (I96)
    Includes
    • bed sore
    • decubitus ulcer
    • plaster ulcer
    • pressure area
    • pressure sore
    Type 2 Excludes
    Pressure ulcer
Clinical Information
  • An ulceration caused by prolonged pressure on the skin and tissues when one stays in one position for a long period of time, such as lying in bed. The bony areas of the body are the most frequently affected sites which become ischemic (ischemia) under sustained and constant pressure.
  • Death of tissue due to external pressure.
  • Pressure sores are areas of damaged skin caused by staying in one position for too long. They commonly form where your bones are close to your skin, such as your ankles, back, elbows, heels and hips. You are at risk if you are bedridden, use a wheelchair, or are unable to change your position. Pressure sores can cause serious infections, some of which are life-threatening. They can be a problem for people in nursing homes.you can prevent the sores by
    • keeping skin clean and dry
    • changing position every two hours
    • using pillows and products that relieve pressure
    pressure sores have a variety of treatments. Advanced sores are slow to heal, so early treatment is best.
  • Ulceration caused by prolonged pressure in patients permitted to lie too still for a long period of time; bony prominences of the body are the most frequently affected sites; ulcer is caused by ischemia of the underlying structures of the skin, fat, and muscles as a result of the sustained and constant pressure.
Code History
  • 2016 (effective 10/1/2015): New code (first year of non-draft ICD-10-CM)
  • 2017 (effective 10/1/2016): No change
  • 2018 (effective 10/1/2017): No change
  • 2019 (effective 10/1/2018): No change

Diagnosis Index entries containing back-references to L89.9:

ICD-10-CM Codes Adjacent To L89.9
L89.813 …… stage 3
L89.814 …… stage 4
L89.819 …… unspecified stage
L89.89 Pressure ulcer of other site
L89.890 …… unstageable
L89.891 …… stage 1
L89.892 …… stage 2
L89.893 …… stage 3
L89.894 …… stage 4
L89.899 …… unspecified stage
L89.9 Pressure ulcer of unspecified site
L89.90 …… unspecified stage
L89.91 …… stage 1
L89.92 …… stage 2
L89.93 …… stage 3
L89.94 …… stage 4
L89.95 …… unstageable
L90 Atrophic disorders of skin
L90.0 Lichen sclerosus et atrophicus
L90.1 Anetoderma of Schweninger-Buzzi
L90.2 Anetoderma of Jadassohn-Pellizzari

Reimbursement claims with a date of service on or after October 1, 2015 require the use of ICD-10-CM codes.