2022 ICD-10-CM Code M86.8X6

Other osteomyelitis, lower leg

Version 2021

Valid for Submission

ICD-10:M86.8X6
Short Description:Other osteomyelitis, lower leg
Long Description:Other osteomyelitis, lower leg

Code Classification

  • Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue (M00–M99)
    • Other osteopathies (M86-M90)
      • Osteomyelitis (M86)

M86.8X6 is a billable diagnosis code used to specify a medical diagnosis of other osteomyelitis, lower leg. The code M86.8X6 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 M86.8X6 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like abscess of lower leg, brodie's abscess, brodie's abscess of tibia, chronic abscess of lower leg, infection of tibia , infection of tibia, etc.

Approximate Synonyms

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

Convert M86.8X6 to ICD-9 Code

The General Equivalency Mapping (GEM) crosswalk indicates an approximate mapping between the ICD-10 code M86.8X6 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


Bone Infections

Like other parts of the body, bones can get infected. The infections are usually bacterial, but can also be fungal. They may spread to the bone from nearby skin or muscles, or from another part of the body through the bloodstream. People who are at risk for bone infections include those with diabetes, poor circulation, or recent injury to the bone. You may also be at risk if you are having hemodialysis.

Symptoms of bone infections include

A blood test or imaging test such as an x-ray can tell if you have a bone infection. Treatment includes antibiotics and often surgery.


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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)