2021 ICD-10-CM Code M42.0

Juvenile osteochondrosis of spine

Version 2021
Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

M42.0 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of juvenile osteochondrosis of spine. 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.

ICD-10:M42.0
Short Description:Juvenile osteochondrosis of spine
Long Description:Juvenile osteochondrosis of spine

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Juvenile osteochondrosis of spine

Header codes like M42.0 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 juvenile osteochondrosis of spine:

  • M42.00 - ... site unspecified
  • M42.01 - ... occipito-atlanto-axial region
  • M42.02 - ... cervical region
  • M42.03 - ... cervicothoracic region
  • M42.04 - ... thoracic region
  • M42.05 - ... thoracolumbar region
  • M42.06 - ... lumbar region
  • M42.07 - ... lumbosacral region
  • M42.08 - ... sacral and sacrococcygeal region
  • M42.09 - ... multiple sites in spine

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 M42.0:


Inclusion Terms

Inclusion Terms
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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.

Clinical Information

Information for Patients


Spine Injuries and Disorders

Your backbone, or spine, is made up of 26 bone discs called vertebrae. The vertebrae protect your spinal cord and allow you to stand and bend. A number of problems can change the structure of the spine or damage the vertebrae and surrounding tissue. They include

Spinal diseases often cause pain when bone changes put pressure on the spinal cord or nerves. They can also limit movement. Treatments differ by disease, but sometimes they include back braces and surgery.


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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)