2019 ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code M49.81

Spondylopathy in diseases classified elsewhere, occipito-atlanto-axial region

    2016 2017 2018 2019 Billable/Specific Code Manifestation Code
  • M49.81 is a billable/specific ICD-10-CM code that can be used to indicate a diagnosis for reimbursement purposes.
  • Short description: Spond in diseases classd elswhr, occipt-atlan-ax region
  • The 2019 edition of ICD-10-CM M49.81 became effective on October 1, 2018.
  • This is the American ICD-10-CM version of M49.81 - other international versions of ICD-10 M49.81 may differ.
ICD-10-CM Coding Rules
  • M49.81 describes the manifestation of an underlying disease, not the disease itself.
The following code(s) above M49.81 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 M49.81:
  • M00-M99
    2019 ICD-10-CM Range M00-M99

    Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue

    Note
    • 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
  • M49
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code M49

    Spondylopathies in diseases classified elsewhere

      2016 2017 2018 2019 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
    Code First
    • underlying disease, such as:
    • brucellosis (A23.-)
    • Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (G60.0)
    • enterobacterial infections (A01-A04)
    • osteitis fibrosa cystica (E21.0)
    Includes
    • curvature of spine in diseases classified elsewhere
    • deformity of spine in diseases classified elsewhere
    • kyphosis in diseases classified elsewhere
    • scoliosis in diseases classified elsewhere
    • spondylopathy in diseases classified elsewhere
    Type 1 Excludes
    • curvature of spine in tuberculosis [Pott's] (A18.01)
    • enteropathic arthropathies (M07.-)
    • gonococcal spondylitis (A54.41)
    • neuropathic [tabes dorsalis] spondylitis (A52.11)
    • neuropathic spondylopathy in syringomyelia (G95.0)
    • neuropathic spondylopathy in tabes dorsalis (A52.11)
    • nonsyphilitic neuropathic spondylopathy NEC (G98.0)
    • spondylitis in syphilis (acquired) (A52.77)
    • tuberculous spondylitis (A18.01)
    • typhoid fever spondylitis (A01.05)
    Spondylopathies in diseases classified elsewhere
ICD-10-CM M49.81 is grouped within Diagnostic Related Group(s) (MS-DRG v36.0):
  • 551 Medical back problems with mcc
  • 552 Medical back problems without mcc

Convert M49.81 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
ICD-10-CM Codes Adjacent To M49.81
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
M48.9 Spondylopathy, unspecified
M49 Spondylopathies in diseases classified elsewhere
M49.8 Spondylopathy in diseases classified elsewhere
M49.80 …… site unspecified
M49.81 …… occipito-atlanto-axial region
M49.82 …… cervical region
M49.83 …… cervicothoracic region
M49.84 …… thoracic region
M49.85 …… thoracolumbar region
M49.86 …… lumbar region
M49.87 …… lumbosacral region
M49.88 …… sacral and sacrococcygeal region
M49.89 …… multiple sites in spine
M50 Cervical disc disorders
M50.0 Cervical disc disorder with myelopathy

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