2021 ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code M48.8

Other specified spondylopathies

    2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
  • M48.8 should not be used for reimbursement purposes as there are multiple codes below it that contain a greater level of detail.
  • The 2021 edition of ICD-10-CM M48.8 became effective on October 1, 2020.
  • This is the American ICD-10-CM version of M48.8 - other international versions of ICD-10 M48.8 may differ.
Applicable To
  • Ossification of posterior longitudinal ligament
The following code(s) above M48.8 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 M48.8:
  • M00-M99
    2021 ICD-10-CM Range M00-M99

    Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue

    • Use an external cause code following the code for the musculoskeletal condition, if applicable, to identify the cause of the musculoskeletal condition
    Type 2 Excludes
    • arthropathic psoriasis (L40.5-)
    • certain conditions originating in the perinatal period (P04-P96)
    • certain infectious and parasitic diseases (A00-B99)
    • compartment syndrome (traumatic) (T79.A-)
    • 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 musculoskeletal system and connective tissue
Clinical Information
  • A calcification of the posterior longitudinal ligament of the spinal column, usually at the level of the cervical spine. It is often associated with anterior ankylosing hyperostosis.
  • A disorder characterized by benign depositions of calcium in the posterior longitudinal ligament. Signs and symptoms result from the compression of nerve roots and include motor and sensory disturbances in the lower and upper extremities, and pain in the neck and arms.
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
  • 2021 (effective 10/1/2020): No change

Diagnosis Index entries containing back-references to M48.8:
  • Spondylopathy M48.9
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code M48.9

    Spondylopathy, unspecified

      2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Billable/Specific Code
    • specified NEC M48.8

ICD-10-CM Codes Adjacent To M48.8
M48.57 Collapsed vertebra, not elsewhere classified, lumbosacral region
M48.57XA …… initial encounter for fracture
M48.57XD …… subsequent encounter for fracture with routine healing
M48.57XG …… subsequent encounter for fracture with delayed healing
M48.57XS …… sequela of fracture
M48.58 Collapsed vertebra, not elsewhere classified, sacral and sacrococcygeal region
M48.58XA …… initial encounter for fracture
M48.58XD …… subsequent encounter for fracture with routine healing
M48.58XG …… subsequent encounter for fracture with delayed healing
M48.58XS …… sequela of fracture
M48.8 Other specified spondylopathies
M48.8X Other specified spondylopathies
M48.8X1 …… occipito-atlanto-axial region
M48.8X2 …… cervical region
M48.8X3 …… cervicothoracic region
M48.8X4 …… thoracic region
M48.8X5 …… thoracolumbar region
M48.8X6 …… lumbar region
M48.8X7 …… lumbosacral region
M48.8X8 …… sacral and sacrococcygeal region
M48.8X9 …… site unspecified

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