2021 ICD-10-CM Code S14.12

Central cord syndrome of cervical spinal cord

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

S14.12 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of central cord syndrome of cervical spinal cord. The code is not specific and 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:S14.12
Short Description:Central cord syndrome of cervical spinal cord
Long Description:Central cord syndrome of cervical spinal cord

Code Classification

Coding Guidelines

The appropriate 7th character is to be added to each code from block Injury of nerves and spinal cord at neck level (S14). Use the following options for the aplicable episode of care:

Specific Coding for Central cord syndrome of cervical spinal cord

Non-specific codes like S14.12 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 central cord syndrome of cervical spinal cord:

  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S14.121 for Central cord syndrome at C1 level of cervical spinal cord
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S14.121A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S14.121D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S14.121S for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S14.122 for Central cord syndrome at C2 level of cervical spinal cord
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S14.122A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S14.122D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S14.122S for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S14.123 for Central cord syndrome at C3 level of cervical spinal cord
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S14.123A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S14.123D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S14.123S for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S14.124 for Central cord syndrome at C4 level of cervical spinal cord
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S14.124A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S14.124D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S14.124S for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S14.125 for Central cord syndrome at C5 level of cervical spinal cord
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S14.125A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S14.125D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S14.125S for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S14.126 for Central cord syndrome at C6 level of cervical spinal cord
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S14.126A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S14.126D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S14.126S for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S14.127 for Central cord syndrome at C7 level of cervical spinal cord
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S14.127A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S14.127D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S14.127S for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S14.128 for Central cord syndrome at C8 level of cervical spinal cord
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S14.128A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S14.128D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S14.128S for sequela
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - S14.129 for Central cord syndrome at unspecified level of cervical spinal cord
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S14.129A for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S14.129D for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use S14.129S for sequela

Information for Patients


Neck Injuries and Disorders

Any part of your neck - muscles, bones, joints, tendons, ligaments, or nerves - can cause neck problems. Neck pain is very common. Pain may also come from your shoulder, jaw, head, or upper arms.

Muscle strain or tension often causes neck pain. The problem is usually overuse, such as from sitting at a computer for too long. Sometimes you can strain your neck muscles from sleeping in an awkward position or overdoing it during exercise. Falls or accidents, including car accidents, are another common cause of neck pain. Whiplash, a soft tissue injury to the neck, is also called neck sprain or strain.

Treatment depends on the cause, but may include applying ice, taking pain relievers, getting physical therapy or wearing a cervical collar. You rarely need surgery.


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Spinal Cord Injuries

Your spinal cord is a bundle of nerves that runs down the middle of your back. It carries signals back and forth between your body and your brain. A spinal cord injury disrupts the signals. Spinal cord injuries usually begin with a blow that fractures or dislocates your vertebrae, the bone disks that make up your spine. Most injuries don't cut through your spinal cord. Instead, they cause damage when pieces of vertebrae tear into cord tissue or press down on the nerve parts that carry signals.

Spinal cord injuries can be complete or incomplete. With a complete spinal cord injury, the cord can't send signals below the level of the injury. As a result, you are paralyzed below the injury. With an incomplete injury, you have some movement and sensation below the injury.

A spinal cord injury is a medical emergency. Immediate treatment can reduce long-term effects. Treatments may include medicines, braces or traction to stabilize the spine, and surgery. Later treatment usually includes medicines and rehabilitation therapy. Mobility aids and assistive devices may help you to get around and do some daily tasks.

NIH: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke


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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)