Specific code 2012 ICD-9-CM Diagnosis Code 873.42
Open wound of forehead, without mention of complication
  • Short description: Open wound of forehead.
  • ICD-9-CM 873.42 is a billable medical code that can be used to indicate a diagnosis on a reimbursement claim, however, 873.42 should only be used for claims with a date of service on or before September 30, 2015. 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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  • More recent version(s) of ICD-9-CM 873.42: 2013 2014 2015.
Convert to ICD-10-CM: 873.42 converts approximately to:
  • 2015/16 ICD-10-CM S01.80XA Unspecified open wound of other part of head, initial encounter
Approximate Synonyms
  • Forehead laceration
  • Laceration of forehead
  • Open animal bite of forehead
  • Open bite of forehead
  • Open cat bite of forehead
  • Open dog bite of forehead
  • Open human bite of forehead
  • Open wound of forehead
  • Puncture wound of forehead
Applies To
  • Eyebrow
ICD-9-CM Volume 2 Index entries containing back-references to 873.42:
  • Wound, open (by cutting or piercing instrument) (by firearms) (cut) (dissection) (incised) (laceration) (penetration) (perforating) (puncture) (with initial hemorrhage, not internal) 879.8
    • eyebrow 873.42
    • forehead 873.42
    • supraorbital 873.42
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