Not Valid for Submission
M26.60 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of temporomandibular joint disorder, unspecified. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2022 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 M26.60 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 Temporomandibular joint disorder, unspecified
Non-specific codes like M26.60 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 temporomandibular joint disorder, unspecified:
Index to Diseases and Injuries
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 the code M26.60 are found in the index:
- - Anomaly, anomalous (congenital) (unspecified type) - Q89.9
- TEMPOROMANDIBULAR JOINT DISORDERS-. a variety of conditions affecting the anatomic and functional characteristics of the temporomandibular joint. factors contributing to the complexity of temporomandibular diseases are its relation to dentition and mastication and the symptomatic effects in other areas which account for referred pain to the joint and the difficulties in applying traditional diagnostic procedures to temporomandibular joint pathology where tissue is rarely obtained and x rays are often inadequate or nonspecific. common diseases are developmental abnormalities trauma subluxation luxation arthritis and neoplasia. from thoma's oral pathology 6th ed pp577 600
Information for Patients
Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects your jaw to the side of your head. When it works well, it enables you to talk, chew, and yawn. For people with TMJ dysfunction, problems with the joint and muscles around it may cause
- Pain that travels through the face, jaw, or neck
- Stiff jaw muscles
- Limited movement or locking of the jaw
- Painful clicking or popping in the jaw
- A change in the way the upper and lower teeth fit together
Jaw pain may go away with little or no treatment. Treatment may include simple things you can do yourself, such as eating soft foods or applying ice packs. It may also include pain medicines or devices to insert in your mouth. In very rare cases, you might need surgery.
NIH: National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
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