Not Valid for Submission
S34.125 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of incomplete lesion of l5 level of lumbar spinal cord. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2022 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.
The ICD-10-CM code S34.125 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like anterior cord syndrome of lumbar spinal cord, anterior cord syndrome of lumbar spinal cord at l5 level, brown-séquard syndrome at l5 level, brown-séquard syndrome of lumbar spinal cord, central cord syndrome of lumbar spinal cord , central cord syndrome of lumbar spinal cord at l5 level, etc.
The appropriate 7th character is to be added to each code from block Inj lower spinl cord and nrv at abd, low back and pelv level (S34). Use the following options for the aplicable episode of care:
- A - initial encounter
- D - subsequent encounter
- S - sequela
Specific Coding for Incomplete lesion of L5 level of lumbar spinal cord
Non-specific codes like S34.125 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 incomplete lesion of l5 level of lumbar spinal cord:
Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries
The Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries is a list of ICD-10 codes, organized "head to toe" into chapters and sections with coding notes and guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more. The following references are applicable to the code S34.125:
Inclusion TermsInclusion Terms
These terms are the conditions for which that code is to be used. The terms may be synonyms of the code title, or, in the case of "other specified" codes, the terms are a list of the various conditions assigned to that code. The inclusion terms are not necessarily exhaustive. Additional terms found only in the Alphabetic Index may also be assigned to a code.
- Incomplete lesion of lumbar spinal cord level 5
Index to Diseases and Injuries
The Index to Diseases and Injuries is an alphabetical listing of medical terms, with each term mapped to one or more ICD-10 code(s). The following references for the code S34.125 are found in the index:
The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:
- Anterior cord syndrome of lumbar spinal cord
- Anterior cord syndrome of lumbar spinal cord at L5 level
- Brown-Séquard syndrome at L5 level
- Brown-Séquard syndrome of lumbar spinal cord
- Central cord syndrome of lumbar spinal cord
- Central cord syndrome of lumbar spinal cord at L5 level
- Posterior cord syndrome of lumbar spinal cord
- Posterior cord syndrome of lumbar spinal cord at L5 level
Information for Patients
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 (breaks) 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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