2020 ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code M50

Cervical disc disorders

    2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
  • M50 should not be used for reimbursement purposes as there are multiple codes below it that contain a greater level of detail.
  • The 2020 edition of ICD-10-CM M50 became effective on October 1, 2019.
  • This is the American ICD-10-CM version of M50 - other international versions of ICD-10 M50 may differ.
Note
  • code to the most superior level of disorder
Includes
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  • cervicothoracic disc disorders with cervicalgia
  • cervicothoracic disc disorders
The following code(s) above M50 contain annotation back-references
Annotation Back-References
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  • 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 M50:
  • M00-M99
    2020 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
  • M50-M54
    2020 ICD-10-CM Range M50-M54

    Other dorsopathies

    Type 1 Excludes
    • current injury - see injury of spine by body region
    • discitis NOS (M46.4-)
    Other dorsopathies
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 M50:
  • Type 1 Excludes: M54.2
    , S13.0
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code M54.2

    Cervicalgia

      2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Billable/Specific Code
    Type 1 Excludes
    • cervicalgia due to intervertebral cervical disc disorder (M50.-)
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code S13.0

    Traumatic rupture of cervical intervertebral disc

      2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
    Type 1 Excludes
    • rupture or displacement (nontraumatic) of cervical intervertebral disc NOS (M50.-)
  • Type 2 Excludes: M51
    , M53.1
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code M51

    Thoracic, thoracolumbar, and lumbosacral intervertebral disc disorders

      2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
    Type 2 Excludes
    • cervical and cervicothoracic disc disorders (M50.-)
    • sacral and sacrococcygeal disorders (M53.3)
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code M53.1

    Cervicobrachial syndrome

      2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Billable/Specific Code
    Type 2 Excludes
    • cervical disc disorder (M50.-)
    • thoracic outlet syndrome (G54.0)
ICD-10-CM Codes Adjacent To M50
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
M50.00 …… unspecified cervical region
M50.01 …… high cervical region
M50.02 Cervical disc disorder with myelopathy, mid-cervical region
M50.020 …… unspecified level
M50.021 Cervical disc disorder at C4-C5 level with myelopathy
M50.022 Cervical disc disorder at C5-C6 level with myelopathy
M50.023 Cervical disc disorder at C6-C7 level with myelopathy
M50.03 …… cervicothoracic region
M50.1 Cervical disc disorder with radiculopathy

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