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9 Most Ridiculous ICD-10 Codes That Actually Exist

Cropped SingleCare logo By | April 20, 2016

The new ICD-10 codes went into effect in October, and they describe just about every possible kind of unfortunate incident you could have: from the ridiculous to the downright strange.

The ICD, or International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, is a system of classification used by health professionals for insurance purposes. If someone has ever suffered from an ailment, accident, or affliction, you can bet it’s listed in this glossary of insurance claims.

When doctors incorrectly code an ailment, they don’t get paid by insurers for their services, which explains why the ICD can get pretty detailed. Each and every kind of incident and its associated traumatic, environmental, and social contributing factor has an assigned code that contains between three and seven characters, according to Road to 10. On October 1 of last year, the newest version, ICD-10, went into effect, adding an almost impossible level of specificity that increased the number of codes tenfold.

Because ICD-10 allows for much greater detail to describe a diagnosis, the new system could lead to improved analysis concerning treatments of specific conditions, as well as better tracking of health threats and trends in the United States, according to the New York Times. That means that there are codes that describe some truly ridiculous situations that we can only assume actually took place at one point or another. Here’s a look at the 9 most absurd codes in the ICD-10:

Spacecraft collision injuring occupant: V95.43

As our ventures into space get more frequent and more public, you can expect to see a lot of code V95.43. There are other spacecraft-related injuries with their own ICD codes, including unspecified spacecraft accident (V95.40XA) and forced landing of spacecraft, injuring occupant (V95.42XA). The lesson: if you’re taking the space shuttle, don’t forget to buckle up.

Problems with the in-laws: Z63.1

Because you can’t choose your partner’s parents. All kinds of problems can happen when everyone is back home for the holidays — even the kind of problems that may necessitate a hospital trip.

Injured in an opera house: Y92.253

Perhaps someone really did break a leg while performing. Or maybe it was simply a case of burst eardrums?

Burn due to water skis on fire, initial encounter: V91.07XA

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This one really speaks for itself, though it is nonetheless hard to imagine a circumstance in which your water skis would catch on fire. Whoever it was must have been going REALLY fast.

Sucked into jet engine, subsequent encounter: V97.33XD

Just in case you survived the first time you got sucked into a jet engine, there is a code for the “subsequent encounter,” which you also survived. For someone who’s apparently able to endure ridiculously dangerous injuries, you must have some pretty bad luck.

Bizarre personal appearance: R46.1

To be honest, we really have no idea what this one means. Leave it to your imagination.

Struck by a turtle: W59.21XA

In case you’re an avid turtle collector or you have cruel friends, the ICD-10 features three codes to describe being injured by the sea-faring reptile: you could be bitten, struck, or sustain a wound vague enough to qualify as “injurious contact with a turtle.” There are also codes for the kinds of bodily harm that dolphins, sea lions, and orcas might bring you.

Other superficial bite of other specified part of neck, initial encounter: S1087XA

 Close-up of a vampire carrying an unconscious young woman
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Either you’re spending too much time with vampires or you’re dating someone who kisses a bit too aggressively. Either way, be careful out there.

Injured when knitting or crocheting: Y93.D1

You never know when the errant crochet needle is going to strike. Be sure to wear protective safety goggles at all times when handling knitting materials.

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