Not Valid for Submission
M33 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of dermatopolymyositis. 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.
Specific Coding for Dermatopolymyositis
- DERMATOMYOSITIS-. a subacute or chronic inflammatory disease of muscle and skin marked by proximal muscle weakness and a characteristic skin rash. the illness occurs with approximately equal frequency in children and adults. the skin lesions usually take the form of a purplish rash or less often an exfoliative dermatitis involving the nose cheeks forehead upper trunk and arms. the disease is associated with a complement mediated intramuscular microangiopathy leading to loss of capillaries muscle ischemia muscle fiber necrosis and perifascicular atrophy. the childhood form of this disease tends to evolve into a systemic vasculitis. dermatomyositis may occur in association with malignant neoplasms. from adams et al. principles of neurology 6th ed pp1405 6
Information for Patients
Myositis means inflammation of the muscles that you use to move your body. An injury, infection, or autoimmune disease can cause it. Two specific kinds are polymyositis and dermatomyositis. Polymyositis causes muscle weakness, usually in the muscles closest to the trunk of your body. Dermatomyositis causes muscle weakness, plus a skin rash.
Other symptoms of myositis may include
- Fatigue after walking or standing
- Tripping or falling
- Trouble swallowing or breathing
Doctors may use a physical exam, lab tests, imaging tests and a muscle biopsy to diagnose myositis. There is no cure for these diseases, but you can treat the symptoms. Polymyositis and dermatomyositis are first treated with high doses of a corticosteroid. Other options include medications, physical therapy, exercise, heat therapy, assistive devices, and rest.
NIH: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
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