ICD-10-CM Code M00.81

Arthritis due to other bacteria, shoulder

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

M00.81 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of arthritis due to other bacteria, shoulder. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:M00.81
Short Description:Arthritis due to other bacteria, shoulder
Long Description:Arthritis due to other bacteria, shoulder

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

  • M00.811 - Arthritis due to other bacteria, right shoulder
  • M00.812 - Arthritis due to other bacteria, left shoulder
  • M00.819 - Arthritis due to other bacteria, unspecified shoulder

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 M00.81 are found in the index:


Code Classification

  • Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue (M00–M99)
    • Infectious arthropathies (M00-M02)
      • Pyogenic arthritis (M00)

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


Infectious Arthritis

Most kinds of arthritis cause pain and swelling in your joints. Joints are places where two bones meet, such as your elbow or knee. Infectious arthritis is an infection in the joint. The infection comes from a bacterial, viral, or fungal infection that spreads from another part of the body. Symptoms of infectious arthritis include

  • Intense pain in the joint
  • Joint redness and swelling
  • Chills and fever
  • Inability to move the area with the infected joint

One type of infectious arthritis is reactive arthritis. The reaction is to an infection somewhere else in your body. The joint is usually the knee, ankle, or toe. Sometimes, reactive arthritis is set off by an infection in the bladder, or in the urethra, which carries urine out of the body. In women, an infection in the vagina can cause the reaction. For both men and women, it can start with bacteria passed on during sex. Another form of reactive arthritis starts with eating food or handling something that has bacteria on it.

To diagnose infectious arthritis, your health care provider may do tests of your blood, urine, and joint fluid. Treatment includes medicines and sometimes surgery.


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