ICD-10 Diagnosis Code M51.46

Schmorl's nodes, lumbar region

Diagnosis Code M51.46

ICD-10: M51.46
Short Description: Schmorl's nodes, lumbar region
Long Description: Schmorl's nodes, lumbar region
This is the 2017 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code M51.46

Code Classification
  • Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue
    • Other dorsopathies (M50-M54)
      • Thoracic, thoracolum, and lumbosacral intvrt disc disorders (M51)

Information for Medical Professionals

Diagnostic Related Groups
The diagnosis code M51.46 is grouped in the following Diagnostic Related Group(s) (MS-DRG v33.0)


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  • Herniation of nucleus pulposus
  • Schmorl's nodes
  • Schmorl's nodes of lumbar region

Information for Patients

Herniated Disk

Also called: Bulging disk, Compressed disk, Herniated intervertebral disk, Herniated nucleus pulposus, Prolapsed disk, Ruptured disk, Slipped disk

Your backbone, or spine, is made up of 26 bones called vertebrae. In between them are soft disks filled with a jelly-like substance. These disks cushion the vertebrae and keep them in place. As you age, the disks break down or degenerate. As they do, they lose their cushioning ability. This can lead to pain if the back is stressed.

A herniated disk is a disk that ruptures. This allows the jelly-like center of the disk to leak, irritating the nearby nerves. This can cause sciatica or back pain.

Your doctor will diagnose a herniated disk with a physical exam and, sometimes, imaging tests. With treatment, most people recover. Treatments include rest, pain and anti-inflammatory medicines, physical therapy, and sometimes surgery.

NIH: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

  • Herniated disk
  • Spinal fusion
  • Spine surgery - discharge

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