ICD-10 Diagnosis Code M21.269

Flexion deformity, unspecified knee

Diagnosis Code M21.269

ICD-10: M21.269
Short Description: Flexion deformity, unspecified knee
Long Description: Flexion deformity, unspecified knee
This is the 2019 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code M21.269

Valid for Submission
The code M21.269 is valid for submission for HIPAA-covered transactions.

Code Classification
  • Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue (M00–M99)
    • Other joint disorders (M20-M25)
      • Other acquired deformities of limbs (M21)
Version 2019 Billable Code

Information for Medical Professionals

Diagnostic Related Groups
The diagnosis code M21.269 is grouped in the following Diagnostic Related Group(s) (MS-DRG V35.0)

  • 564 - OTHER MUSCULOSKELETAL SYSTEM AND CONNECTIVE TISSUE DIAGNOSES WITH MCC
  • 565 - OTHER MUSCULOSKELETAL SYSTEM AND CONNECTIVE TISSUE DIAGNOSES WITH CC
  • 566 - OTHER MUSCULOSKELETAL SYSTEM AND CONNECTIVE TISSUE DIAGNOSES WITHOUT CC/MCC

Convert to ICD-9
  • 736.89 - Oth acq limb deformity (Approximate Flag)

Synonyms
  • Acquired fixed flexion deformity of joint of lower limb
  • Acquired fixed flexion deformity of knee
  • Active range of knee flexion - finding
  • Decreased active range of knee flexion
  • Flexion deformity of knee
  • Knee joint fixed flexion deformity

Information for Patients


Knee Injuries and Disorders

Your knee joint is made up of bone, cartilage, ligaments and fluid. Muscles and tendons help the knee joint move. When any of these structures is hurt or diseased, you have knee problems. Knee problems can cause pain and difficulty walking.

Knee problems are very common, and they occur in people of all ages. Knee problems can interfere with many things, from participation in sports to simply getting up from a chair and walking. This can have a big impact on your life.

The most common disease affecting the knee is osteoarthritis. The cartilage in the knee gradually wears away, causing pain and swelling.

Injuries to ligaments and tendons also cause knee problems. A common injury is to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). You usually injure your ACL by a sudden twisting motion. ACL and other knee injuries are common sports injuries.

Treatment of knee problems depends on the cause. In some cases your doctor may recommend knee replacement.

NIH: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

  • ACL reconstruction (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Anterior crucate ligament (ACL) injury (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury -- aftercare (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Anterior knee pain (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Baker cyst (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Broken kneecap - aftercare (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Collateral ligament (CL) injury -- aftercare (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Getting your home ready - knee or hip surgery (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Knee arthroscopy (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Knee MRI scan (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Knee pain (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Meniscus tears -- aftercare (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Osgood-Schlatter disease (Medical Encyclopedia)

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ICD-10 Footnotes

General Equivalence Map Definitions
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  • Approximate Flag - The approximate flag is on, indicating that the relationship between the code in the source system and the code in the target system is an approximate equivalent.
  • No Map Flag - The no map flag indicates that a code in the source system is not linked to any code in the target system.
  • Combination Flag - The combination flag indicates that more than one code in the target system is required to satisfy the full equivalent meaning of a code in the source system.

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