ICD-10-CM Code M49

Spondylopathies in diseases classified elsewhere

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

M49 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of spondylopathies in diseases classified elsewhere. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:M49
Short Description:Spondylopathies in diseases classified elsewhere
Long Description:Spondylopathies in diseases classified elsewhere

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

  • M49.8 - Spondylopathy in diseases classified elsewhere
  • M49.80 - Spondylopathy in diseases classified elsewhere, site unspecified
  • M49.81 - Spondylopathy in diseases classified elsewhere, occipito-atlanto-axial region
  • M49.82 - Spondylopathy in diseases classified elsewhere, cervical region
  • M49.83 - Spondylopathy in diseases classified elsewhere, cervicothoracic region
  • M49.84 - Spondylopathy in diseases classified elsewhere, thoracic region
  • M49.85 - Spondylopathy in diseases classified elsewhere, thoracolumbar region
  • M49.86 - Spondylopathy in diseases classified elsewhere, lumbar region
  • M49.87 - Spondylopathy in diseases classified elsewhere, lumbosacral region
  • M49.88 - Spondylopathy in diseases classified elsewhere, sacral and sacrococcygeal region
  • M49.89 - Spondylopathy in diseases classified elsewhere, 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 M49:

Includes

Includes
This note appears immediately under a three character code title to further define, or give examples of, the content of the category.
  • curvature of spine in diseases classified elsewhere
  • deformity of spine in diseases classified elsewhere
  • kyphosis in diseases classified elsewhere
  • scoliosis in diseases classified elsewhere
  • spondylopathy in diseases classified elsewhere

Code First

Code First
Certain conditions have both an underlying etiology and multiple body system manifestations due to the underlying etiology. For such conditions, the ICD-10-CM has a coding convention that requires the underlying condition be sequenced first followed by the manifestation. Wherever such a combination exists, there is a "use additional code" note at the etiology code, and a "code first" note at the manifestation code. These instructional notes indicate the proper sequencing order of the codes, etiology followed by manifestation.
  • underlying disease, such as:
  • brucellosis A23
  • Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease G60.0
  • enterobacterial infections A01 A04
  • osteitis fibrosa cystica E21.0

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.
  • curvature of spine in tuberculosis Pott's A18.01
  • enteropathic arthropathies M07
  • gonococcal spondylitis A54.41
  • neuropathic tabes dorsalis spondylitis A52.11
  • neuropathic spondylopathy in syringomyelia G95.0
  • neuropathic spondylopathy in tabes dorsalis A52.11
  • nonsyphilitic neuropathic spondylopathy NEC G98.0
  • spondylitis in syphilis acquired A52.77
  • tuberculous spondylitis A18.01
  • typhoid fever spondylitis A01.05

Code Classification

  • Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue (M00–M99)
    • Spondylopathies (M45-M49)
      • Spondylopathies in diseases classified elsewhere (M49)

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


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

  • Infections
  • Injuries
  • Tumors
  • Conditions, such as ankylosing spondylitis and scoliosis
  • Bone changes that come with age, such as spinal stenosis and herniated disks

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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