ICD-10-CM Code M51.04

Intervertebral disc disorders with myelopathy, thoracic region

Version 2020 Billable Code Orthopedics

Valid for Submission

M51.04 is a billable code used to specify a medical diagnosis of intervertebral disc disorders with myelopathy, thoracic region. The code is valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. The ICD-10-CM code M51.04 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like disc disorder with myelopathy, intervertebral disc disorder of thoracic region with myelopathy, intervertebral disc disorder with myelopathy, prolapsed thoracic intervertebral disc, thoracic disc disorder with myelopathy, thoracic disc prolapse with myelopathy, etc

The code is commonly used in orthopedics medical specialties to specify clinical concepts such as thoracic, thoracolumbar, and lumbosacral intervertebral disc disorders.

ICD-10:M51.04
Short Description:Intervertebral disc disorders w myelopathy, thoracic region
Long Description:Intervertebral disc disorders with myelopathy, thoracic region

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 M51.04 are found in the index:


Synonyms

The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:

  • Disc disorder with myelopathy
  • Intervertebral disc disorder of thoracic region with myelopathy
  • Intervertebral disc disorder with myelopathy
  • Prolapsed thoracic intervertebral disc
  • Thoracic disc disorder with myelopathy
  • Thoracic disc prolapse with myelopathy

Diagnostic Related Groups

The ICD-10 code M51.04 is grouped in the following groups for version MS-DRG V37.0 What are Diagnostic Related Groups?
The Diagnostic Related Groups (DRGs) are a patient classification scheme which provides a means of relating the type of patients a hospital treats. The DRGs divides all possible principal diagnoses into mutually exclusive principal diagnosis areas referred to as Major Diagnostic Categories (MDC).
applicable from 10/01/2019 through 09/30/2020.

  • 551 - MEDICAL BACK PROBLEMS WITH MCC
  • 552 - MEDICAL BACK PROBLEMS WITHOUT MCC

Convert M51.04 to ICD-9

  • 722.72 - Thor disc dis w myelopat (Approximate Flag)

Code Classification

  • Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue (M00–M99)
    • Other dorsopathies (M50-M54)
      • Thoracic, thoracolum, and lumbosacral intvrt disc disorders (M51)

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


Spinal Cord Diseases

Your spinal cord is a bundle of nerves that runs down the middle of your back. It carries signals back and forth between your body and your brain. It is protected by your vertebrae, which are the bone disks that make up your spine. If you have an accident that damages the vertebrae or other parts of the spine, this can also injure the spinal cord. Other spinal cord problems include

  • Tumors
  • Infections such as meningitis and polio
  • Inflammatory diseases
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Degenerative diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and spinal muscular atrophy

Symptoms vary but might include pain, numbness, loss of sensation and muscle weakness. These symptoms can occur around the spinal cord, and also in other areas such as your arms and legs. Treatments often include medicines and surgery.


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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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