M23.60 - Other spontaneous disruption of unspecified ligament of knee

Version 2023
ICD-10:M23.60
Short Description:Other spontaneous disruption of unspecified ligament of knee
Long Description:Other spontaneous disruption of unspecified ligament of knee
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)
      • Internal derangement of knee (M23)

M23.60 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 spontaneous disruption of unspecified ligament of knee. 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.

Unspecified diagnosis codes like M23.60 are acceptable when clinical information is unknown or not available about a particular condition. Although a more specific code is preferable, unspecified codes should be used when such codes most accurately reflect what is known about a patient's condition. Specific diagnosis codes should not be used if not supported by the patient's medical record.

Specific Coding for Other spontaneous disruption of unspecified ligament of knee

Non-specific codes like M23.60 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 spontaneous disruption of unspecified ligament of knee:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M23.601 for Other spontaneous disruption of unspecified ligament of right knee
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M23.602 for Other spontaneous disruption of unspecified ligament of left knee
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M23.609 for Other spontaneous disruption of unspecified ligament of unspecified knee

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:

Patient Education


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


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