ICD-10-CM Code M41.12

Adolescent scoliosis

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

M41.12 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of adolescent scoliosis. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:M41.12
Short Description:Adolescent scoliosis
Long Description:Adolescent scoliosis

Consider the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity:

  • M41.122 - Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, cervical region
  • M41.123 - Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, cervicothoracic region
  • M41.124 - Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, thoracic region
  • M41.125 - Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, thoracolumbar region
  • M41.126 - Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, lumbar region
  • M41.127 - Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, lumbosacral region
  • M41.129 - Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, site unspecified

Code Classification

  • Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue (M00–M99)
    • Deforming dorsopathies (M40-M43)
      • Scoliosis (M41)

Code History

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

Information for Patients


Scoliosis

Scoliosis causes a sideways curve of your backbone, or spine. These curves are often S- or C-shaped. Scoliosis is most common in late childhood and the early teens, when children grow fast. Girls are more likely to have it than boys. It can run in families. Symptoms include leaning to one side and having uneven shoulders and hips. Sometimes it is easy to notice, but not always.

Children may get screening for scoliosis at school or during a checkup. If it looks like there is a problem, your doctor will use your medical and family history, a physical exam, and imaging tests to make a diagnosis. Treatment depends on your age, how much more you're likely to grow, how much curving there is, and whether the curve is temporary or permanent. People with mild scoliosis might only need checkups to see if the curve is getting worse. Others might need to wear a brace or have surgery.

NIH: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases


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Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine that appears in late childhood or adolescence. Instead of growing straight, the spine develops a side-to-side curvature, usually in an elongated "S" or "C" shape; the bones of the spine are also slightly twisted or rotated.Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis appears during the adolescent growth spurt, a time when children are growing rapidly. In many cases the abnormal spinal curve is stable, although in some children the curve is progressive (meaning it becomes more severe over time). For unknown reasons, severe and progressive curves occur more frequently in girls than in boys. However, mild spinal curvature is equally common in girls and boys.Mild scoliosis generally does not cause pain, problems with movement, or difficulty breathing. It may only be diagnosed if it is noticed during a regular physical examination or a scoliosis screening at school. The most common signs of the condition include a tilt or unevenness (asymmetry) in the shoulders, hips, or waist, or having one leg that appears longer than the other. A small percentage of affected children develop more severe, pronounced spinal curvature.Scoliosis can occur as a feature of other conditions, including a variety of genetic syndromes. However, adolescent idiopathic scoliosis typically occurs by itself, without signs and symptoms affecting other parts of the body.
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