ICD-10-CM Code M76.81

Anterior tibial syndrome

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

M76.81 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of anterior tibial syndrome. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:M76.81
Short Description:Anterior tibial syndrome
Long Description:Anterior tibial syndrome

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

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 M76.81 are found in the index:


Clinical Information

  • ANTERIOR COMPARTMENT SYNDROME-. rapid swelling increased tension pain and ischemic necrosis of the muscles of the anterior tibial compartment of the leg often following excessive physical exertion.

Code Classification

  • Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue (M00–M99)
    • Other soft tissue disorders (M70-M79)
      • Enthesopathies, lower limb, excluding foot (M76)

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


Leg Injuries and Disorders

Your legs are made up of bones, blood vessels, muscles, and other connective tissue. They are important for motion and standing. Playing sports, running, falling, or having an accident can damage your legs. Common leg injuries include sprains and strains, joint dislocations, and fractures.

These injuries can affect the entire leg, or just the foot, ankle, knee, or hip. Certain diseases also lead to leg problems. For example, knee osteoarthritis, common in older people, can cause pain and limited motion. Problems in your veins in your legs can lead to varicose veins or deep vein thrombosis.


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Muscle Disorders

Your muscles help you move and help your body work. Different types of muscles have different jobs. There are many problems that can affect muscles. Muscle disorders can cause weakness, pain or even paralysis.

Causes of muscle disorders include

  • Injury or overuse, such as sprains or strains, cramps or tendinitis
  • A genetic disorder, such as muscular dystrophy
  • Some cancers
  • Inflammation, such as myositis
  • Diseases of nerves that affect muscles
  • Infections
  • Certain medicines

Sometimes the cause is not known.


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