M21.53 - Acquired clawfoot

Version 2023
ICD-10:M21.53
Short Description:Acquired clawfoot
Long Description:Acquired clawfoot
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)

M21.53 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 acquired clawfoot. 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 Acquired clawfoot

Non-specific codes like M21.53 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 acquired clawfoot:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M21.531 for Acquired clawfoot, right foot
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M21.532 for Acquired clawfoot, left foot
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M21.539 for Acquired clawfoot, unspecified foot

Index to Diseases and Injuries References

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 this diagnosis code are found in the injuries and diseases index:

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