2022 ICD-10-CM Code M54.18

Radiculopathy, sacral and sacrococcygeal region

Version 2021

Valid for Submission

ICD-10:M54.18
Short Description:Radiculopathy, sacral and sacrococcygeal region
Long Description:Radiculopathy, sacral and sacrococcygeal region

Code Classification

  • Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue (M00–M99)

M54.18 is a billable diagnosis code used to specify a medical diagnosis of radiculopathy, sacral and sacrococcygeal region. The code M54.18 is valid during the fiscal year 2022 from October 01, 2021 through September 30, 2022 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

The ICD-10-CM code M54.18 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like sacral radiculopathy.

The code is commonly used in orthopedics medical specialties to specify clinical concepts such as radiculopathy (primary).

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 M54.18 are found in the index:

Approximate Synonyms

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

Convert M54.18 to ICD-9 Code

The General Equivalency Mapping (GEM) crosswalk indicates an approximate mapping between the ICD-10 code M54.18 its ICD-9 equivalent. The approximate mapping means there is not an exact match between the ICD-10 code and the ICD-9 code and the mapped code is not a precise representation of the original code.

Information for Patients


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Symptoms often start gradually, and then get worse. They include

Treatment aims to treat any underlying problem, reduce pain and control symptoms.

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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)