ICD-9 Diagnosis Code 721.8

Spinal disorders NEC

Diagnosis Code 721.8

ICD-9: 721.8
Short Description: Spinal disorders NEC
Long Description: Other allied disorders of spine
This is the 2014 version of the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code 721.8

Code Classification
  • Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue (710–739)
    • Dorsopathies (720-724)
      • 721 Spondylosis and allied disorders

Information for Medical Professionals

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Index of Diseases and Injuries
References found for the code 721.8 in the Index of Diseases and Injuries:

    • Arthritis, arthritic (acute) (chronic) (subacute) 716.9
      • coccyx 721.8
    • Exostosis 726.91
      • spine 721.8
        • with spondylosis - see Spondylosis
    • Hyperostosis 733.99
      • vertebral 721.8
        • with spondylosis - see Spondylosis
        • ankylosing 721.6

Information for Patients

Spine Injuries and Disorders

Your backbone, or spine, is made up of 26 bone discs called vertebrae. The vertebrae protect your spinal cord and allow you to stand and bend. A number of problems can change the structure of the spine or damage the vertebrae and surrounding tissue. They include

  • Infections
  • Injuries
  • Tumors
  • Conditions, such as ankylosing spondylitis and scoliosis
  • Bone changes that come with age, such as spinal stenosis and herniated disks

Spinal diseases often cause pain when bone changes put pressure on the spinal cord or nerves. They can also limit movement. Treatments differ by disease, but sometimes they include back braces and surgery.

  • Compression fractures of the back
  • Foraminotomy
  • Halo brace
  • Kyphosis
  • Laminectomy
  • Lordosis
  • Spinal fusion
  • Spinal tumor
  • Spine surgery - discharge
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Thoracic spine CT scan
  • Thoracic spine x-ray

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