G51 - Facial nerve disorders

Version 2023
Short Description:Facial nerve disorders
Long Description:Facial nerve disorders
Status: Not Valid for Submission
Version:ICD-10-CM 2023
Code Classification:
  • Diseases of the nervous system (G00–G99)
    • Nerve, nerve root and plexus disorders (G50-G59)
      • Facial nerve disorders (G51)

G51 is a non-specific and non-billable ICD-10 code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of facial nerve disorders. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2023 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. Category or Header define the heading of a category of codes that may be further subdivided by the use of 4th, 5th, 6th or 7th characters.

Specific Coding for Facial nerve disorders

Non-specific codes like G51 require more digits to indicate the appropriate level of specificity. Consider using any of the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity when coding for facial nerve disorders:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use G51.0 for Bell's palsy
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use G51.1 for Geniculate ganglionitis
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use G51.2 for Melkersson's syndrome
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - G51.3 for Clonic hemifacial spasm
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use G51.31 for Clonic hemifacial spasm, right
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use G51.32 for Clonic hemifacial spasm, left
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use G51.33 for Clonic hemifacial spasm, bilateral
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use G51.39 for Clonic hemifacial spasm, unspecified
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use G51.4 for Facial myokymia
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use G51.8 for Other disorders of facial nerve
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use G51.9 for Disorder of facial nerve, unspecified

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Patient Education

Facial Injuries and Disorders

Face injuries and disorders can cause pain and affect how you look. In severe cases, they can affect sight, speech, breathing and your ability to swallow. Fractures (broken bones), especially in the bones of your nose, cheekbone and jaw, are common facial injuries.

Certain diseases also lead to facial disorders. For example, nerve diseases like trigeminal neuralgia or Bell's palsy sometimes cause facial pain, spasms and trouble with eye or facial movement. Birth defects can also affect the face. They can cause underdeveloped or unusually prominent facial features or a lack of facial expression. Cleft lip and palate are a common facial birth defect.

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