ICD-10-CM Code M84.445

Pathological fracture, left finger(s)

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

M84.445 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of pathological fracture, left finger(s). The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. The ICD-10-CM code M84.445 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like pathological fracture of left hand or pathological fracture of phalanx of finger or pathological fracture of phalanx of finger of left hand.

ICD-10:M84.445
Short Description:Pathological fracture, left finger(s)
Long Description:Pathological fracture, left finger(s)

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

  • M84.445A - ... initial encounter for fracture
  • M84.445D - ... subsequent encounter for fracture with routine healing
  • M84.445G - ... subsequent encounter for fracture with delayed healing
  • M84.445K - ... subsequent encounter for fracture with nonunion
  • M84.445P - ... subsequent encounter for fracture with malunion
  • M84.445S - ... sequela

Synonyms

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

  • Pathological fracture of left hand
  • Pathological fracture of phalanx of finger
  • Pathological fracture of phalanx of finger of left hand

Code Classification

  • Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue (M00–M99)
    • Disorders of bone density and structure (M80-M85)
      • Disorder of continuity of bone (M84)

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


Finger Injuries and Disorders

You use your fingers and thumbs to do everything from grasping objects to playing musical instruments to typing. When there is something wrong with them, it can make life difficult. Common problems include

  • Injuries that result in fractures, ruptured ligaments and dislocations
  • Osteoarthritis - wear-and-tear arthritis. It can also cause deformity.
  • Tendinitis - irritation of the tendons
  • Dupuytren's contracture - a hereditary thickening of the tough tissue that lies just below the skin of your palm. It causes the fingers to stiffen and bend.
  • Trigger finger - an irritation of the sheath that surrounds the flexor tendons. It can cause the tendon to catch and release like a trigger.

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Fractures

A fracture is a break, usually in a bone. If the broken bone punctures the skin, it is called an open or compound fracture. Fractures commonly happen because of car accidents, falls, or sports injuries. Other causes are low bone density and osteoporosis, which cause weakening of the bones. Overuse can cause stress fractures, which are very small cracks in the bone.

Symptoms of a fracture are

  • Intense pain
  • Deformity - the limb looks out of place
  • Swelling, bruising, or tenderness around the injury
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Problems moving a limb

You need to get medical care right away for any fracture. An x-ray can tell if your bone is broken. You may need to wear a cast or splint. Sometimes you need surgery to put in plates, pins or screws to keep the bone in place.


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