2020 ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code M79.2

Neuralgia and neuritis, unspecified

    2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Billable/Specific Code
  • M79.2 is a billable/specific ICD-10-CM code that can be used to indicate a diagnosis for reimbursement purposes.
  • The 2020 edition of ICD-10-CM M79.2 became effective on October 1, 2019.
  • This is the American ICD-10-CM version of M79.2 - other international versions of ICD-10 M79.2 may differ.
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 M79.2. 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.
  • brachial radiculitis NOS (
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code M54.1

    Radiculopathy

      2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
    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-)
    M54.1
    )
  • lumbosacral radiculitis NOS (
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code M54.1

    Radiculopathy

      2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
    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-)
    M54.1
    )
  • mononeuropathies (
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code G56

    Mononeuropathies of upper limb

      2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
    Type 1 Excludes
    • current traumatic nerve disorder - see nerve injury by body region
    G56
    -
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code G58

    Other mononeuropathies

      2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
    G58
    )
  • radiculitis NOS (
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code M54.1

    Radiculopathy

      2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
    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-)
    M54.1
    )
  • sciatica (
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code M54.3

    Sciatica

      2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
    Type 1 Excludes
    • lesion of sciatic nerve (G57.0)
    • sciatica due to intervertebral disc disorder (M51.1-)
    • sciatica with lumbago (M54.4-)
    M54.3-
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code M54.4

    Lumbago with sciatica

      2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
    Type 1 Excludes
    • lumbago with sciatica due to intervertebral disc disorder (M51.1-)
    M54.4
    )
The following code(s) above M79.2 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 M79.2:
  • 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
  • M79
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code M79

    Other and unspecified soft tissue disorders, not elsewhere classified

      2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
    Type 1 Excludes
    • psychogenic rheumatism (F45.8)
    • soft tissue pain, psychogenic (F45.41)
    Other and unspecified soft tissue disorders, not elsewhere classified
Approximate Synonyms
  • Bilateral ulnar neuritis
  • Neuralgia
  • Neuralgia (nerve pain)
  • Neuralgia of left arm
  • Neuralgia of left upper limb
  • Neuralgia of right arm
  • Neuralgia of right upper limb
  • Neuralgia of upper limb
  • Neuralgia, leg
  • Neuritis
  • Neuritis (nerve inflammation)
  • Neuropathic (nerve) pain
  • Neuropathic pain
ICD-10-CM M79.2 is grouped within Diagnostic Related Group(s) (MS-DRG v37.0):
  • 073 Cranial and peripheral nerve disorders with mcc
  • 074 Cranial and peripheral nerve disorders without mcc

Convert M79.2 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
Code annotations containing back-references to M79.2:
  • Type 1 Excludes: G54
    , M54.1
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code G54

    Nerve root and plexus disorders

      2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
    Type 1 Excludes
    • current traumatic nerve root and plexus disorders - see nerve injury by body region
    • intervertebral disc disorders (M50-M51)
    • neuralgia or neuritis NOS (M79.2)
    • neuritis or radiculitis brachial NOS (M54.13)
    • neuritis or radiculitis lumbar NOS (M54.16)
    • neuritis or radiculitis lumbosacral NOS (M54.17)
    • neuritis or radiculitis thoracic NOS (M54.14)
    • radiculitis NOS (M54.10)
    • radiculopathy NOS (M54.10)
    • spondylosis (M47.-)
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code M54.1

    Radiculopathy

      2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
    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-)

Diagnosis Index entries containing back-references to M79.2:

ICD-10-CM Codes Adjacent To M79.2
M77.52 Other enthesopathy of left foot and ankle
M77.8 Other enthesopathies, not elsewhere classified
M77.9 Enthesopathy, unspecified
M79 Other and unspecified soft tissue disorders, not elsewhere classified
M79.0 Rheumatism, unspecified
M79.1 Myalgia
M79.10 …… unspecified site
M79.11 …… of mastication muscle
M79.12 …… of auxiliary muscles, head and neck
M79.18 …… other site
M79.2 Neuralgia and neuritis, unspecified
M79.3 Panniculitis, unspecified
M79.4 Hypertrophy of (infrapatellar) fat pad
M79.5 Residual foreign body in soft tissue
M79.6 Pain in limb, hand, foot, fingers and toes
M79.60 Pain in limb, unspecified
M79.601 Pain in right arm
M79.602 Pain in left arm
M79.603 Pain in arm, unspecified
M79.604 Pain in right leg
M79.605 Pain in left leg

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