M21.8 - Other specified acquired deformities of limbs

Version 2023
ICD-10:M21.8
Short Description:Other specified acquired deformities of limbs
Long Description:Other specified acquired deformities of limbs
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)

M21.8 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 other specified acquired deformities of limbs. 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 Other specified acquired deformities of limbs

Non-specific codes like M21.8 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 other specified acquired deformities of limbs:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M21.80 for Other specified acquired deformities of unspecified limb
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - M21.82 for Other specified acquired deformities of upper arm
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M21.821 for Other specified acquired deformities of right upper arm
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M21.822 for Other specified acquired deformities of left upper arm
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M21.829 for Other specified acquired deformities of unspecified upper arm
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - M21.83 for Other specified acquired deformities of forearm
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M21.831 for Other specified acquired deformities of right forearm
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M21.832 for Other specified acquired deformities of left forearm
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M21.839 for Other specified acquired deformities of unspecified forearm
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - M21.85 for Other specified acquired deformities of thigh
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M21.851 for Other specified acquired deformities of right thigh
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M21.852 for Other specified acquired deformities of left thigh
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M21.859 for Other specified acquired deformities of unspecified thigh
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - M21.86 for Other specified acquired deformities of lower leg
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M21.861 for Other specified acquired deformities of right lower leg
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M21.862 for Other specified acquired deformities of left lower leg
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M21.869 for Other specified acquired deformities of unspecified lower leg

Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries

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Type 2 Excludes

Type 2 Excludes
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