ICD-9 Diagnosis Code 738.5

Other acq back deformity

Diagnosis Code 738.5

ICD-9: 738.5
Short Description: Other acq back deformity
Long Description: Other acquired deformity of back or spine
This is the 2014 version of the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code 738.5

Code Classification
  • Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue (710–739)
    • Osteopathies, chondropathies, and acquired musculoskeletal deformities (730-739)
      • 738 Other acquired deformity

Information for Medical Professionals

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  • Acquired deformity of spine
  • Cervical spine deformity
  • Deformity of cervical vertebra
  • Deformity of joint of thoracic spine
  • Deformity of lumbar spine
  • Deformity of spine
  • Deformity of spine due to injury
  • Deformity of thoracic spine
  • Deformity of thoracic vertebra
  • Finding of form of lumbar spine
  • Rotational deformity of thoracic spine
  • Vertical spinal deviation

Index of Diseases and Injuries
References found for the code 738.5 in the Index of Diseases and Injuries:

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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