Specific code 2012 ICD-9-CM Diagnosis Code E961
Assault by corrosive or caustic substance, except poisoning
  • Short description: Assault-corrosiv/caust.
  • ICD-9-CM E961 is a billable medical code that can be used to indicate a diagnosis on a reimbursement claim, however, E961 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).
  • E961 describes the circumstance causing an injury, not the nature of the injury.
  • You are viewing the 2012 version of ICD-9-CM E961.
  • More recent version(s) of ICD-9-CM E961: 2013 2014 2015.
  • No ICD-10-CM code(s) convert to ICD-9-CM E961
E961 Excludes
  • burns from hot liquid (E968.3)
  • chemical burns from swallowing a corrosive substance (E962.0-E962.9)
Applies To
  • Injury or death purposely caused by corrosive or caustic substance, such as:
    • acid [any]
    • corrosive substance
    • vitriol
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