2021 ICD-10-CM Code M24.3

Pathological dislocation of joint, not elsewhere classified

Version 2021
Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

M24.3 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of pathological dislocation of joint, not elsewhere classified. The code is NOT valid for the year 2021 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.

Short Description:Pathological dislocation of joint, not elsewhere classified
Long Description:Pathological dislocation of joint, not elsewhere classified

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Pathological dislocation of joint, not elsewhere classified

Header codes like M24.3 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 pathological dislocation of joint, not elsewhere classified:

  • M24.30 - Pathological dislocation of unspecified joint, not elsewhere classified
  • M24.31 - Pathological dislocation of shoulder, not elsewhere classified
  • M24.311 - Pathological dislocation of right shoulder, not elsewhere classified
  • M24.312 - Pathological dislocation of left shoulder, not elsewhere classified
  • M24.319 - Pathological dislocation of unspecified shoulder, not elsewhere classified
  • M24.32 - Pathological dislocation of elbow, not elsewhere classified
  • M24.321 - Pathological dislocation of right elbow, not elsewhere classified
  • M24.322 - Pathological dislocation of left elbow, not elsewhere classified
  • M24.329 - Pathological dislocation of unspecified elbow, not elsewhere classified
  • M24.33 - Pathological dislocation of wrist, not elsewhere classified
  • M24.331 - Pathological dislocation of right wrist, not elsewhere classified
  • M24.332 - Pathological dislocation of left wrist, not elsewhere classified
  • M24.339 - Pathological dislocation of unspecified wrist, not elsewhere classified
  • M24.34 - Pathological dislocation of hand, not elsewhere classified
  • M24.341 - Pathological dislocation of right hand, not elsewhere classified
  • M24.342 - Pathological dislocation of left hand, not elsewhere classified
  • M24.349 - Pathological dislocation of unspecified hand, not elsewhere classified
  • M24.35 - Pathological dislocation of hip, not elsewhere classified
  • M24.351 - Pathological dislocation of right hip, not elsewhere classified
  • M24.352 - Pathological dislocation of left hip, not elsewhere classified
  • M24.359 - Pathological dislocation of unspecified hip, not elsewhere classified
  • M24.36 - Pathological dislocation of knee, not elsewhere classified
  • M24.361 - Pathological dislocation of right knee, not elsewhere classified
  • M24.362 - Pathological dislocation of left knee, not elsewhere classified
  • M24.369 - Pathological dislocation of unspecified knee, not elsewhere classified
  • M24.37 - Pathological dislocation of ankle and foot, not elsewhere classified
  • M24.371 - Pathological dislocation of right ankle, not elsewhere classified
  • M24.372 - Pathological dislocation of left ankle, not elsewhere classified
  • M24.373 - Pathological dislocation of unspecified ankle, not elsewhere classified
  • M24.374 - Pathological dislocation of right foot, not elsewhere classified
  • M24.375 - Pathological dislocation of left foot, not elsewhere classified
  • M24.376 - Pathological dislocation of unspecified foot, not elsewhere classified
  • M24.39 - Pathological dislocation of other specified joint, not elsewhere classified

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 M24.3:

Type 1 Excludes

Type 1 Excludes
A type 1 excludes note is a pure excludes note. It means "NOT CODED HERE!" An Excludes1 note indicates that the code excluded should never be used at the same time as the code above the Excludes1 note. An Excludes1 is used when two conditions cannot occur together, such as a congenital form versus an acquired form of the same condition.

Information for Patients


Dislocations are joint injuries that force the ends of your bones out of position. The cause is often a fall or a blow, sometimes from playing a contact sport. You can dislocate your ankles, knees, shoulders, hips, elbows and jaw. You can also dislocate your finger and toe joints. Dislocated joints often are swollen, very painful and visibly out of place. You may not be able to move it.

A dislocated joint is an emergency. If you have one, seek medical attention. Treatment depends on which joint you dislocate and the severity of the injury. It might include manipulations to reposition your bones, medicine, a splint or sling, and rehabilitation. When properly repositioned, a joint will usually function and move normally again in a few weeks. Once you dislocate a shoulder or kneecap, you are more likely to dislocate it again. Wearing protective gear during sports may help prevent dislocations.

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Code History

  • FY 2021 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2020 through 9/30/2021
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016 (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)