2021 ICD-10-CM Code M99.5

Intervertebral disc stenosis of neural canal

Version 2021
Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

M99.5 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of intervertebral disc stenosis of neural canal. The code is NOT valid for the year 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. Category or Header define the heading of a category of codes that may be further subdivided by the use of 4th, 5th, 6th or 7th characters.

ICD-10:M99.5
Short Description:Intervertebral disc stenosis of neural canal
Long Description:Intervertebral disc stenosis of neural canal

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Intervertebral disc stenosis of neural canal

Header codes like M99.5 require more digits to indicate the appropriate level of specificity. Consider using any of the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity when coding for intervertebral disc stenosis of neural canal:

  • M99.50 - Intervertebral disc stenosis of neural canal of head region
  • M99.51 - Intervertebral disc stenosis of neural canal of cervical region
  • M99.52 - Intervertebral disc stenosis of neural canal of thoracic region
  • M99.53 - Intervertebral disc stenosis of neural canal of lumbar region
  • M99.54 - Intervertebral disc stenosis of neural canal of sacral region
  • M99.55 - Intervertebral disc stenosis of neural canal of pelvic region
  • M99.56 - Intervertebral disc stenosis of neural canal of lower extremity
  • M99.57 - Intervertebral disc stenosis of neural canal of upper extremity
  • M99.58 - Intervertebral disc stenosis of neural canal of rib cage
  • M99.59 - Intervertebral disc stenosis of neural canal of abdomen and other regions

Information for Patients


Spinal Stenosis

Your spine, or backbone, protects your spinal cord and allows you to stand and bend. Spinal stenosis causes narrowing in your spine. The narrowing puts pressure on your nerves and spinal cord and can cause pain.

Spinal stenosis occurs mostly in people older than 50. Younger people with a spine injury or a narrow spinal canal are also at risk. Diseases such as arthritis and scoliosis can cause spinal stenosis, too. Symptoms might appear gradually or not at all. They include

Doctors diagnose spinal stenosis with a physical exam and imaging tests. Treatments include medications, physical therapy, braces, and surgery.

NIH: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases


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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)