ICD-10-CM Code G70.0

Myasthenia gravis

Version 2021 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

G70.0 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of myasthenia gravis. The code is NOT valid for the year 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:G70.0
Short Description:Myasthenia gravis
Long Description:Myasthenia gravis

Consider the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity:

  • G70.00 - Myasthenia gravis without (acute) exacerbation
  • G70.01 - Myasthenia gravis with (acute) exacerbation

Clinical Information

  • MYASTHENIA GRAVIS-. a disorder of neuromuscular transmission characterized by fatigable weakness of cranial and skeletal muscles with elevated titers of acetylcholine receptors or muscle specific receptor tyrosine kinase musk autoantibodies. clinical manifestations may include ocular muscle weakness fluctuating asymmetric external ophthalmoplegia; diplopia; ptosis; and weakness of eye closure and extraocular fatigable weakness of facial bulbar respiratory and proximal limb muscles. the disease may remain limited to the ocular muscles ocular myasthenia. thymoma is commonly associated with this condition.
  • MYASTHENIC SYNDROMES CONGENITAL-. a heterogeneous group of disorders characterized by a congenital defect in neuromuscular transmission at the neuromuscular junction. this includes presynaptic synaptic and postsynaptic disorders that are not of autoimmune origin. the majority of these diseases are caused by mutations of various subunits of the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor receptors nicotinic on the postsynaptic surface of the junction. from arch neurol 1999 feb;562:163 7
  • MYASTHENIA GRAVIS AUTOIMMUNE EXPERIMENTAL-. any autoimmune animal disease model used in the study of myasthenia gravis. injection with purified neuromuscular junction acetylcholine receptor achr see receptors cholinergic components results in a myasthenic syndrome that has acute and chronic phases. the motor endplate pathology loss of acetylcholine receptors presence of circulating anti achr antibodies and electrophysiologic changes make this condition virtually identical to human myasthenia gravis. passive transfer of achr antibodies or lymphocytes from afflicted animals to normals induces passive transfer experimental autoimmune myasthenia gravis. from joynt clinical neurology 1997 ch 54 p3
  • MYASTHENIA GRAVIS NEONATAL-. a disorder of neuromuscular transmission that occurs in a minority of newborns born to women with myasthenia gravis. clinical features are usually present at birth or develop in the first 3 days of life and consist of hypotonia and impaired respiratory suck and swallowing abilities. this condition is associated with the passive transfer of acetylcholine receptor antibodies through the placenta. in the majority of infants the myasthenic weakness resolves i.e. transient neonatal myasthenia gravis although this disorder may rarely continue beyond the neonatal period i.e. persistent neonatal myasthenia gravis. from menkes textbook of child neurology 5th ed p823; neurology 1997 jan;481:50 4

Code Classification

  • Diseases of the nervous system (G00–G99)
    • Diseases of myoneural junction and muscle (G70-G73)
      • Myasthenia gravis and other myoneural disorders (G70)

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
  • FY 2021 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2020 through 9/30/2021

Information for Patients


Myasthenia Gravis

Myasthenia gravis is a disease that causes weakness in your voluntary muscles. These are the muscles that you control. For example, you may have weakness in the muscles for eye movement, facial expressions, and swallowing. You can also have weakness in other muscles. This weakness gets worse with activity, and better with rest.

Myasthenia gravis is an autoimmune disease. Your body's immune system makes antibodies that block or change some of the nerve signals to your muscles. This makes your muscles weaker.

Other conditions can cause muscle weakness, so myasthenia gravis can be hard to diagnose. Tests used to make a diagnosis include blood, nerve, muscle, and imaging tests.

With treatment, the muscle weakness often gets much better. Medicines can help improve nerve-to-muscle messages and make muscles stronger. Other drugs keep your body from making so many abnormal antibodies. These medicines can have major side effects, so they should be used carefully. There are also treatments which filter abnormal antibodies from the blood or add healthy antibodies from donated blood. Sometimes, surgery to take out the thymus gland helps.

Some people with myasthenia gravis go into remission. This means that they do not have symptoms. The remission is usually temporary, but sometimes it can be permanent.

NIH: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

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