ICD-10-CM Code M21.02

Valgus deformity, not elsewhere classified, elbow

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

M21.02 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable 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 valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:M21.02
Short Description:Valgus deformity, not elsewhere classified, elbow
Long Description:Valgus deformity, not elsewhere classified, elbow

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

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

Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries

The Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries is a list of ICD-10 codes, organized "head to toe" into chapters and sections with guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more. The following references are applicable to the code M21.02:

Inclusion Terms

Inclusion Terms
These terms are the conditions for which that code is to be used. The terms may be synonyms of the code title, or, in the case of "other specified" codes, the terms are a list of the various conditions assigned to that code. The inclusion terms are not necessarily exhaustive. Additional terms found only in the Alphabetic Index may also be assigned to a code.
  • Cubitus valgus

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 M21.02 are found in the index:


Code Classification

  • Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue (M00–M99)
    • Other joint disorders (M20-M25)
      • Other acquired deformities of limbs (M21)

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


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, strains, fractures, dislocations, bursitis and arthritis. Treatment depends on the cause.


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