2020 ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code G83.81

Brown-Séquard syndrome

    2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Billable/Specific Code
  • G83.81 is a billable/specific ICD-10-CM code that can be used to indicate a diagnosis for reimbursement purposes.
  • Short description: Brown-Sequard syndrome
  • The 2020 edition of ICD-10-CM G83.81 became effective on October 1, 2019.
  • This is the American ICD-10-CM version of G83.81 - other international versions of ICD-10 G83.81 may differ.
The following code(s) above G83.81 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 G83.81:
  • 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
  • G83
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code G83

    Other paralytic syndromes

      2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
    • paralysis (complete) (incomplete), except as in G80-G82
    • This category is to be used only when the listed conditions are reported without further specification, or are stated to be old or longstanding but of unspecified cause. The category is also for use in multiple coding to identify these conditions resulting from any cause.
    Other paralytic syndromes
  • G83.8
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code G83.8

    Other specified paralytic syndromes

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    Type 1 Excludes
    • paralytic syndromes due to current spinal cord injury-code to spinal cord injury (S14, S24, S34)
    Other specified paralytic syndromes
Approximate Synonyms
  • Brown sequard syndrome
  • Brown-sèquard syndrome
Clinical Information
  • A disorder caused by a spinal injury leading to an incomplete spinal lesion. Patients develop paralysis, ataxia and loss of sensation. Causes include spinal cord tumors, spinal traumas, ischemia, and inflammatory processes affecting the spine.
  • A syndrome associated with injury to the lateral half of the spinal cord. The condition is characterized by the following clinical features (which are found below the level of the lesion): contralateral hemisensory anesthesia to pain and temperature, ipsilateral loss of propioception, and ipsilateral motor paralysis. Tactile sensation is generally spared. (from Adams et al., Principles of Neurology, 6th ed, p162).
ICD-10-CM G83.81 is grouped within Diagnostic Related Group(s) (MS-DRG v37.0):
  • 091 Other disorders of nervous system with mcc
  • 092 Other disorders of nervous system with cc
  • 093 Other disorders of nervous system without cc/mcc

Convert G83.81 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

Diagnosis Index entries containing back-references to G83.81:
  • Brown-Séquard disease, paralysis or syndrome G83.81
  • Paralysis, paralytic (complete) (incomplete) G83.9
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code G83.9

    Paralytic syndrome, unspecified

      2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Billable/Specific Code
    • Brown-Séquard G83.81
  • Syndrome - see also Disease
    • Brown-Sequard G83.81

ICD-10-CM Codes Adjacent To G83.81
G83.24 …… affecting left nondominant side
G83.3 Monoplegia, unspecified
G83.30 …… affecting unspecified side
G83.31 …… affecting right dominant side
G83.32 …… affecting left dominant side
G83.33 …… affecting right nondominant side
G83.34 …… affecting left nondominant side
G83.4 Cauda equina syndrome
G83.5 Locked-in state
G83.8 Other specified paralytic syndromes
G83.81 Brown-Séquard syndrome
G83.82 Anterior cord syndrome
G83.83 Posterior cord syndrome
G83.84 Todd's paralysis (postepileptic)
G83.89 Other specified paralytic syndromes
G83.9 Paralytic syndrome, unspecified
G89 Pain, not elsewhere classified
G89.0 Central pain syndrome
G89.1 Acute pain, not elsewhere classified
G89.11 Acute pain due to trauma
G89.12 Acute post-thoracotomy pain

Reimbursement claims with a date of service on or after October 1, 2015 require the use of ICD-10-CM codes.