ICD-10 Diagnosis Code M53.1

Cervicobrachial syndrome

Diagnosis Code M53.1

ICD-10: M53.1
Short Description: Cervicobrachial syndrome
Long Description: Cervicobrachial syndrome
This is the 2018 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code M53.1

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The code M53.1 is valid for submission for HIPAA-covered transactions.

Code Classification
  • Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue (M00–M99)
    • Other dorsopathies (M50-M54)
      • Other and unspecified dorsopathies, not elsewhere classified (M53)

Information for Patients


Brachial Plexus Injuries

The brachial plexus is a network of nerves that sends signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand. Damage to the brachial plexus can cause symptoms such as

  • A limp or paralyzed arm
  • Lack of muscle control in the arm, hand, or wrist
  • Lack of feeling or sensation in the arm or hand

Brachial plexus injuries can happen because of shoulder trauma, tumors, or inflammation. Sometimes they happen during childbirth when a baby's shoulders become stuck during delivery and the nerves stretch or tear.

Some brachial plexus injuries may heal without treatment. Many children who are injured during birth improve or recover by 3 to 4 months of age. Treatment includes physical therapy and, in some cases, surgery.

NIH: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke


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