2021 ICD-10-CM Code M12.279

Villonodular synovitis (pigmented), unspecified ankle and foot

Version 2021
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Unspecified Code
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Valid for Submission

M12.279 is a billable diagnosis code used to specify a medical diagnosis of villonodular synovitis (pigmented), unspecified ankle and foot. The code M12.279 is valid during the fiscal year 2021 from October 01, 2020 through September 30, 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

The ICD-10-CM code M12.279 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like mass of lesser toe, pigmented villonodular synovitis of ankle joint, villonodular synovitis of first metatarsophalangeal joint, villonodular synovitis of interphalangeal joint of toe, villonodular synovitis of lesser metatarsophalangeal joint , villonodular synovitis of subtalar joint, etc.

Unspecified diagnosis codes like M12.279 are acceptable when clinical information is unknown or not available about a particular condition. Although a more specific code is preferable, unspecified codes should be used when such codes most accurately reflect what is known about a patient's condition. Specific diagnosis codes should not be used if not supported by the patient's medical record.

ICD-10:M12.279
Short Description:Villonodular synovitis (pigmented), unsp ankle and foot
Long Description:Villonodular synovitis (pigmented), unspecified ankle and foot

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Approximate Synonyms

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

Convert M12.279 to ICD-9 Code

The General Equivalency Mapping (GEM) crosswalk indicates an approximate mapping between the ICD-10 code M12.279 its ICD-9 equivalent. The approximate mapping means there is not an exact match between the ICD-10 code and the ICD-9 code and the mapped code is not a precise representation of the original code.

Information for Patients


Joint Disorders

A joint is where two or more bones come together, like the knee, hip, elbow, or shoulder. Joints can be damaged by many types of injuries or diseases, including

Treatment of joint problems depends on the cause. If you have a sports injury, treatment often begins with the RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation) method to relieve pain, reduce swelling, and speed healing. Other possible treatments include pain relievers, keeping the injured area from moving, rehabilitation, and sometimes surgery. For arthritis, injuries, or other diseases, you may need joint replacement surgery to remove the damaged joint and put in a new one.

NIH: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases


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Code History

  • FY 2021 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2020 through 9/30/2021
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016 (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)