2020 ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code G25.81

Restless legs syndrome

    2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Billable/Specific Code
  • G25.81 is a billable/specific ICD-10-CM code that can be used to indicate a diagnosis for reimbursement purposes.
  • The 2020 edition of ICD-10-CM G25.81 became effective on October 1, 2019.
  • This is the American ICD-10-CM version of G25.81 - other international versions of ICD-10 G25.81 may differ.
The following code(s) above G25.81 contain annotation back-references
Annotation Back-References
In this context, annotation back-references refer to codes that contain:
  • Applicable To annotations, or
  • Code Also annotations, or
  • Code First annotations, or
  • Excludes1 annotations, or
  • Excludes2 annotations, or
  • Includes annotations, or
  • Note annotations, or
  • Use Additional annotations
that may be applicable to G25.81:
  • G00-G99
    2020 ICD-10-CM Range G00-G99

    Diseases of the nervous system

    Type 2 Excludes
    • certain conditions originating in the perinatal period (P04-P96)
    • certain infectious and parasitic diseases (A00-B99)
    • complications of pregnancy, childbirth and the puerperium (O00-O9A)
    • congenital malformations, deformations, and chromosomal abnormalities (Q00-Q99)
    • endocrine, nutritional and metabolic diseases (E00-E88)
    • injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes (S00-T88)
    • neoplasms (C00-D49)
    • symptoms, signs and abnormal clinical and laboratory findings, not elsewhere classified (R00-R94)
    Diseases of the nervous system
  • G25
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code G25

    Other extrapyramidal and movement disorders

      2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
    Type 2 Excludes
    • sleep related movement disorders (G47.6-)
    Other extrapyramidal and movement disorders
Approximate Synonyms
  • Restless legs
Clinical Information
  • A condition in which a person has a strong urge to move his or her legs in order to stop uncomfortable sensations. These include burning, itching, creeping, tugging, crawling, or pain. These feelings usually happen when a person is lying or sitting down, and are worse at night. They can also occur in other parts of the body.
  • A condition that occurs while resting or lying in bed; it is characterized by an irresistible urgency to move the legs to obtain relief from a strange and uncomfortable sensation in the legs.
  • A disorder characterized by aching or burning sensations in the lower and rarely the upper extremities that occur prior to sleep or may awaken the patient from sleep. Complying with an irresistible urge to move the affected limbs brings temporary relief. Sleep may become disrupted, resulting in excessive daytime hypersomnolence. This condition may be associated with uremia; diabetes mellitus; and rheumatoid arthritis. Restless legs syndrome differs from nocturnal myoclonus syndrome in that in the latter condition the individual does not report adverse sensory stimuli and it is primarily a sleep-associated movement disorder. (Adams et al., Principles of Neurology, 6th ed, p387; schweiz rundsch med prax 1997 apr 30;86(18):732-736)
  • Neurological disorder characterized by unpleasant sensations of the legs and an urge to move them for relief; usually occurs during or just prior to sleep, causing difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep.
  • Restless legs syndrome (rls) causes a powerful urge to move your legs. Your legs become uncomfortable when you are lying down or sitting. Some people describe it as a creeping, crawling, tingling or burning sensation. Moving makes your legs feel better, but not for long. In most cases, there is no known cause for rls. In other cases, rls is caused by a disease or condition, such as anemia or pregnancy. Some medicines can also cause temporary rls. Caffeine, tobacco and alcohol may make symptoms worse.lifestyle changes, such as regular sleep habits, relaxation techniques and moderate exercise during the day can help. If those don't work, medicines may reduce the symptoms of rls.
ICD-10-CM G25.81 is grouped within Diagnostic Related Group(s) (MS-DRG v37.0):
  • 056 Degenerative nervous system disorders with mcc
  • 057 Degenerative nervous system disorders without mcc

Convert G25.81 to ICD-9-CM

Code History
  • 2016 (effective 10/1/2015): New code (first year of non-draft ICD-10-CM)
  • 2017 (effective 10/1/2016): No change
  • 2018 (effective 10/1/2017): No change
  • 2019 (effective 10/1/2018): No change
  • 2020 (effective 10/1/2019): No change
Code annotations containing back-references to G25.81:
  • Type 2 Excludes: G47.6
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code G47.6

    Sleep related movement disorders

      2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
    Type 2 Excludes
    • restless legs syndrome (G25.81)

Diagnosis Index entries containing back-references to G25.81:
  • Ekbom's syndrome G25.81 (restless legs)
  • Restless legs G25.81 (syndrome)
  • Syndrome - see also Disease
    • restless legs G25.81

ICD-10-CM Codes Adjacent To G25.81
G25.4 Drug-induced chorea
G25.5 Other chorea
G25.6 Drug induced tics and other tics of organic origin
G25.61 Drug induced tics
G25.69 Other tics of organic origin
G25.7 Other and unspecified drug induced movement disorders
G25.70 Drug induced movement disorder, unspecified
G25.71 Drug induced akathisia
G25.79 Other drug induced movement disorders
G25.8 Other specified extrapyramidal and movement disorders
G25.81 Restless legs syndrome
G25.82 Stiff-man syndrome
G25.83 Benign shuddering attacks
G25.89 Other specified extrapyramidal and movement disorders
G25.9 Extrapyramidal and movement disorder, unspecified
G26 Extrapyramidal and movement disorders in diseases classified elsewhere
G30 Alzheimer's disease
G30.0 Alzheimer's disease with early onset
G30.1 Alzheimer's disease with late onset
G30.8 Other Alzheimer's disease
G30.9 Alzheimer's disease, unspecified

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