2020 ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code M51.1

Thoracic, thoracolumbar and lumbosacral intervertebral disc disorders with radiculopathy

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  • M51.1 should not be used for reimbursement purposes as there are multiple codes below it that contain a greater level of detail.
  • Short description: Thor, thrclm & lumbosacr intvrt disc disord w radiculopathy
  • The 2020 edition of ICD-10-CM M51.1 became effective on October 1, 2019.
  • This is the American ICD-10-CM version of M51.1 - other international versions of ICD-10 M51.1 may differ.
Applicable To
  • Sciatica due to intervertebral disc disorder
Type 1 Excludes
Type 1 Excludes Help
A type 1 excludes note is a pure excludes. It means "not coded here". A type 1 excludes note indicates that the code excluded should never be used at the same time as M51.1. A type 1 excludes note is for used for when two conditions cannot occur together, such as a congenital form versus an acquired form of the same condition.
  • lumbar radiculitis NOS (
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code M54.16

    Radiculopathy, lumbar region

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    M54.16
    )
  • sciatica NOS (
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code M54.3

    Sciatica

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    Type 1 Excludes
    • lesion of sciatic nerve (G57.0)
    • sciatica due to intervertebral disc disorder (M51.1-)
    • sciatica with lumbago (M54.4-)
    M54.3
    )
The following code(s) above M51.1 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 M51.1:
  • 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
  • M51
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code M51

    Thoracic, thoracolumbar, and lumbosacral intervertebral disc disorders

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    Type 2 Excludes
    • cervical and cervicothoracic disc disorders (M50.-)
    • sacral and sacrococcygeal disorders (M53.3)
    Thoracic, thoracolumbar, and lumbosacral intervertebral disc disorders
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 M51.1:
  • Type 1 Excludes: G55
    , M54.1
    , M54.3
    , M54.4
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code G55

    Nerve root and plexus compressions in diseases classified elsewhere

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    Code First
    • underlying disease, such as:
    • neoplasm (C00-D49)
    Type 1 Excludes
    • nerve root compression (due to) (in) ankylosing spondylitis (M45.-)
    • nerve root compression (due to) (in) dorsopathies (M53.-, M54.-)
    • nerve root compression (due to) (in) intervertebral disc disorders (M50.1.-, M51.1.-)
    • nerve root compression (due to) (in) spondylopathies (M46.-, M48.-)
    • nerve root compression (due to) (in) spondylosis (M47.0-M47.2.-)
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code M54.1

    Radiculopathy

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    Applicable To
    • Brachial neuritis or radiculitis NOS
    • Lumbar neuritis or radiculitis NOS
    • Lumbosacral neuritis or radiculitis NOS
    • Thoracic neuritis or radiculitis NOS
    • Radiculitis NOS
    Type 1 Excludes
    • neuralgia and neuritis NOS (M79.2)
    • radiculopathy with cervical disc disorder (M50.1)
    • radiculopathy with lumbar and other intervertebral disc disorder (M51.1-)
    • radiculopathy with spondylosis (M47.2-)
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code M54.3

    Sciatica

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    Type 1 Excludes
    • lesion of sciatic nerve (G57.0)
    • sciatica due to intervertebral disc disorder (M51.1-)
    • sciatica with lumbago (M54.4-)
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code M54.4

    Lumbago with sciatica

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    Type 1 Excludes
    • lumbago with sciatica due to intervertebral disc disorder (M51.1-)
  • Type 2 Excludes: G57.0
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code G57.0

    Lesion of sciatic nerve

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    Type 1 Excludes
    Type 2 Excludes
    • sciatica attributed to intervertebral disc disorder (M51.1.-)
ICD-10-CM Codes Adjacent To M51.1
M50.920 Unspecified cervical disc disorder, mid-cervical region, unspecified level
M50.921 Unspecified cervical disc disorder at C4-C5 level
M50.922 Unspecified cervical disc disorder at C5-C6 level
M50.923 Unspecified cervical disc disorder at C6-C7 level
M50.93 …… cervicothoracic region
M51 Thoracic, thoracolumbar, and lumbosacral intervertebral disc disorders
M51.0 Thoracic, thoracolumbar and lumbosacral intervertebral disc disorders with myelopathy
M51.04 Intervertebral disc disorders with myelopathy, thoracic region
M51.05 Intervertebral disc disorders with myelopathy, thoracolumbar region
M51.06 Intervertebral disc disorders with myelopathy, lumbar region
M51.1 Thoracic, thoracolumbar and lumbosacral intervertebral disc disorders with radiculopathy
M51.14 Intervertebral disc disorders with radiculopathy, thoracic region
M51.15 Intervertebral disc disorders with radiculopathy, thoracolumbar region
M51.16 Intervertebral disc disorders with radiculopathy, lumbar region
M51.17 Intervertebral disc disorders with radiculopathy, lumbosacral region
M51.2 Other thoracic, thoracolumbar and lumbosacral intervertebral disc displacement
M51.24 Other intervertebral disc displacement, thoracic region
M51.25 Other intervertebral disc displacement, thoracolumbar region
M51.26 Other intervertebral disc displacement, lumbar region
M51.27 Other intervertebral disc displacement, lumbosacral region
M51.3 Other thoracic, thoracolumbar and lumbosacral intervertebral disc degeneration

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