M21.02 - Valgus deformity, not elsewhere classified, elbow

Version 2023
ICD-10:M21.02
Short Description:Valgus deformity, not elsewhere classified, elbow
Long Description:Valgus deformity, not elsewhere classified, elbow
Status: Not Valid for Submission
Version:ICD-10-CM 2023
Code Classification:
  • Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue (M00–M99)
    • Other joint disorders (M20-M25)
      • Other acquired deformities of limbs (M21)

M21.02 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 valgus deformity, not elsewhere classified, elbow. 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 Valgus deformity, not elsewhere classified, elbow

Non-specific codes like M21.02 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 valgus deformity, not elsewhere classified, elbow:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M21.021 for Valgus deformity, not elsewhere classified, right elbow
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M21.022 for Valgus deformity, not elsewhere classified, left elbow
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M21.029 for Valgus deformity, not elsewhere classified, unspecified elbow

Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries

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Index to Diseases and Injuries References

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Patient Education


Elbow Injuries and Disorders

Your elbow joint is made up of bone, cartilage, ligaments and fluid. Muscles and tendons help the elbow joint move. When any of these structures is hurt or diseased, you have elbow problems.

Many things can make your elbow hurt. A common cause is tendinitis, an inflammation or injury to the tendons that attach muscle to bone. Tendinitis of the elbow is a sports injury, often from playing tennis or golf. You may also get tendinitis from overuse of the elbow.

Other causes of elbow pain include sprains and strains, fractures (broken bones), dislocations, bursitis, and arthritis. Treatment depends on the cause.


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