ICD-10-CM Code M90.53

Osteonecrosis in diseases classified elsewhere, forearm

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

M90.53 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of osteonecrosis in diseases classified elsewhere, forearm. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:M90.53
Short Description:Osteonecrosis in diseases classified elsewhere, forearm
Long Description:Osteonecrosis in diseases classified elsewhere, forearm

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

  • M90.531 - Osteonecrosis in diseases classified elsewhere, right forearm
  • M90.532 - Osteonecrosis in diseases classified elsewhere, left forearm
  • M90.539 - Osteonecrosis in diseases classified elsewhere, unspecified forearm

Code Classification

  • Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue (M00–M99)
    • Other osteopathies (M86-M90)
      • Osteopathies in diseases classified elsewhere (M90)

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


Osteonecrosis

Osteonecrosis is a disease caused by reduced blood flow to bones in the joints. In people with healthy bones, new bone is always replacing old bone. In osteonecrosis, the lack of blood causes the bone to break down faster than the body can make enough new bone. The bone starts to die and may break down.

You can have osteonecrosis in one or several bones. It is most common in the upper leg. Other common sites are your upper arm and your knees, shoulders and ankles. The disease can affect men and women of any age, but it usually strikes in your thirties, forties or fifties.

At first, you might not have any symptoms. As the disease gets worse, you will probably have joint pain that becomes more severe. You may not be able to bend or move the affected joint very well.

No one is sure what causes the disease. Risk factors include

  • Long-term steroid treatment
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Joint injuries
  • Having certain diseases, including arthritis and cancer

Doctors use imaging tests and other tests to diagnose osteonecrosis. Treatments include medicines, using crutches, limiting activities that put weight on the affected joints, electrical stimulation and surgery.

NIH: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases


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