M12.34 - Palindromic rheumatism, hand

Version 2023
ICD-10:M12.34
Short Description:Palindromic rheumatism, hand
Long Description:Palindromic rheumatism, hand
Status: Not Valid for Submission
Version:ICD-10-CM 2023
Code Classification:
  • Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue (M00–M99)
    • Inflammatory polyarthropathies (M05-M14)
      • Other and unspecified arthropathy (M12)

M12.34 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 palindromic rheumatism, hand. 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 Palindromic rheumatism, hand

Non-specific codes like M12.34 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 palindromic rheumatism, hand:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M12.341 for Palindromic rheumatism, right hand
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M12.342 for Palindromic rheumatism, left hand
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M12.349 for Palindromic rheumatism, unspecified hand

Index to Diseases and Injuries References

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Patient Education


Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a form of arthritis that causes pain, swelling, stiffness and loss of function in your joints. It can affect any joint but is common in the wrist and fingers.

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NIH: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases


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