ICD-10-CM Code A18.01

Tuberculosis of spine

Version 2020 Billable Code

Valid for Submission

A18.01 is a billable code used to specify a medical diagnosis of tuberculosis of spine. The code is valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. The ICD-10-CM code A18.01 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like acquired kyphosis, infection of cervical spine, infection of lumbar spine, infection of sacrum, infection of thoracic spine, pott's curvature, etc

ICD-10:A18.01
Short Description:Tuberculosis of spine
Long Description:Tuberculosis of spine

Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries

The Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries is a list of ICD-10 codes, organized "head to toe" into chapters and sections with guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more. The following references are applicable to the code A18.01:

Inclusion Terms

Inclusion Terms
These terms are the conditions for which that code is to be used. The terms may be synonyms of the code title, or, in the case of "other specified" codes, the terms are a list of the various conditions assigned to that code. The inclusion terms are not necessarily exhaustive. Additional terms found only in the Alphabetic Index may also be assigned to a code.
  • Pott's disease or curvature of spine
  • Tuberculous arthritis
  • Tuberculous osteomyelitis of spine
  • Tuberculous spondylitis

Index to Diseases and Injuries

The Index to Diseases and Injuries is an alphabetical listing of medical terms, with each term mapped to one or more ICD-10 code(s). The following references for the code A18.01 are found in the index:


Synonyms

The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:

  • Acquired kyphosis
  • Infection of cervical spine
  • Infection of lumbar spine
  • Infection of sacrum
  • Infection of thoracic spine
  • Pott's curvature
  • Secondary kyphosis
  • Tuberculosis of cervical spine
  • Tuberculosis of lumbar spine
  • Tuberculosis of thoracic spine
  • Tuberculosis of vertebral column
  • Tuberculous abscess
  • Tuberculous abscess of sacrum
  • Vertebral abscess

Diagnostic Related Groups

The ICD-10 code A18.01 is grouped in the following groups for version MS-DRG V37.0 What are Diagnostic Related Groups?
The Diagnostic Related Groups (DRGs) are a patient classification scheme which provides a means of relating the type of patients a hospital treats. The DRGs divides all possible principal diagnoses into mutually exclusive principal diagnosis areas referred to as Major Diagnostic Categories (MDC).
applicable from 10/01/2020 through 09/30/2020.

  • 456 - SPINAL FUSION EXCEPT CERVICAL WITH SPINAL CURVATURE OR MALIGNANCY OR INFECTION OR EXTENSIVE FUSIONS WITH MCC
  • 457 - SPINAL FUSION EXCEPT CERVICAL WITH SPINAL CURVATURE OR MALIGNANCY OR INFECTION OR EXTENSIVE FUSIONS WITH CC
  • 458 - SPINAL FUSION EXCEPT CERVICAL WITH SPINAL CURVATURE OR MALIGNANCY OR INFECTION OR EXTENSIVE FUSIONS WITHOUT CC/MCC

Convert A18.01 to ICD-9

  • 015.00 - TB of vertebra-unspec (Approximate Flag)
  • 015.00 - TB of vertebra-unspec (Combination Flag)
  • 737.40 - Spin curv NOS in oth dis (Combination Flag)
  • 015.00 - TB of vertebra-unspec (Combination Flag)
  • 711.48 - Bact arthritis NEC (Combination Flag)
  • 015.00 - TB of vertebra-unspec (Combination Flag)
  • 730.88 - Bone infect NEC-oth site (Combination Flag)
  • 015.00 - TB of vertebra-unspec (Combination Flag)
  • 720.81 - Spondylopathy in oth dis (Combination Flag)
  • 015.00 - TB of vertebra-unspec (Combination Flag)
  • 737.42 - Lordosis in oth dis (Combination Flag)

Code Classification

  • Certain infectious and parasitic diseases (A00–B99)
    • Tuberculosis (A15-A19)
      • Tuberculosis of other organs (A18)

Code History

  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016
    (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020

Information for Patients


Spine Injuries and Disorders

Your backbone, or spine, is made up of 26 bone discs called vertebrae. The vertebrae protect your spinal cord and allow you to stand and bend. A number of problems can change the structure of the spine or damage the vertebrae and surrounding tissue. They include

  • Infections
  • Injuries
  • Tumors
  • Conditions, such as ankylosing spondylitis and scoliosis
  • Bone changes that come with age, such as spinal stenosis and herniated disks

Spinal diseases often cause pain when bone changes put pressure on the spinal cord or nerves. They can also limit movement. Treatments differ by disease, but sometimes they include back braces and surgery.


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Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by bacteria called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The bacteria usually attack the lungs, but they can also damage other parts of the body.

TB spreads through the air when a person with TB of the lungs or throat coughs, sneezes, or talks. If you have been exposed, you should go to your doctor for tests. You are more likely to get TB if you have a weak immune system.

Symptoms of TB in the lungs may include

  • A bad cough that lasts 3 weeks or longer
  • Weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Coughing up blood or mucus
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Fever
  • Night sweats

Skin tests, blood tests, x-rays, and other tests can tell if you have TB. If not treated properly, TB can be deadly. You can usually cure active TB by taking several medicines for a long period of time.


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