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ICD-10-CM Code L97
Non-pressure chronic ulcer of lower limb, not elsewhere classified

Non-Billable Code
Non-Billable means the code is not sufficient justification for admission to an acute care hospital when used a principal diagnosis. Use a child code to capture more detail.
| ICD-10 from 2011 - 2016

ICD Code L97 is a non-billable code. To code a diagnosis of this type, you must use one of the seven child codes of L97 that describes the diagnosis 'non-pressure chronic ulcer of lower limb, nec' in more detail.

The ICD code L97 is used to code Venous ulcer

Venous ulcers (venous insufficiency ulceration, stasis ulcers, stasis dermatitis, varicose ulcers, or ulcus cruris) are wounds that are thought to occur due to improper functioning of venous valves, usually of the legs (hence leg ulcers).:846 They are the major occurrence of chronic wounds, occurring in 70% to 90% of leg ulcer cases. Venous ulcers develop mostly along the medial distal leg, and can be very painful.

Specialty: Dermatology
MeSH Code: D014647
ICD 9 Code: 454.0

Venous ulcer on the back of the right leg.

Source: Wikipedia

Coding Notes for L97 Info for medical coders on how to properly use this ICD-10 code

Code Includes Notes:
Includes notes further define, or give examples of, conditions included in the section.
Chronic ulcer of skin of lower limb NOS
Non-healing ulcer of skin
Non-infected sinus of skin
Trophic ulcer NOS
Tropical ulcer NOS
Ulcer of skin of lower limb NOS
Any associated underlying condition, such as:
Any associated gangrene See Code I96
Atherosclerosis of the lower extremities (I70.23-, I70.24-, I70.33-, I70.34-, I70.43-, I70.44-, I70.53-, I70.54-, I70.63-, I70.64-, I70.73-, I70.74-) See code I70.23-
Chronic venous hypertension (I87.31-, I87.33-) See code I87.31-
Diabetic ulcers (E08.621, E08.622, E09.621, E09.622, E10.621, E10.622, E11.621, E11.622, E13.621, E13.622) See code E08.621
Postphlebitic syndrome (I87.01-, I87.03-) See code I87.01-
Postthrombotic syndrome (I87.01-, I87.03-) See code I87.01-
Varicose ulcer (I83.0-, I83.2-) See code I83.0-
Code Type-2 Excludes:
Type-2 Excludes
Type-2 Excludes means the excluded conditions are different, although they may appear similar. A patient may have both conditions, but one does not include the other. Excludes 2 means "not coded here."
Pressure ulcer (pressure area) - instead, use code L89.-
Skin infections - instead, use Section L00-L08
Specific infections classified to - instead, use Section A00-B99

Related Concepts SNOMET-CT

  • Ischemic leg ulcer (disorder)
  • Hypertensive leg ulcer (disorder)
  • Mixed diabetic ulcer - foot (disorder)
  • Neuropathic diabetic ulcer - foot (disorder)
  • Ankle ulcer due to type 1 diabetes mellitus (disorder)
  • Ulcer of lower limb due to type 1 diabetes mellitus (disorder)
  • Neuropathic foot ulcer due to type 2 diabetes mellitus (disorder)

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