ICD-9 help -- disc bulges, annular tears

Mary Baierl

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I am in limbo on these two diagnoses and have heard differing opinions.

How do you code disc bulges? I have used 722.10 for lumbar for a long time but have heard this may not be correct.

Also, how do you code annular tears? I have no clue on this one. :confused:

Thank you
Mary Baierl, CPC, CCA, CMT
 

RenaHall

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ICD help for anular tear/bulging disc

We use 722.2 for either of those. It is an unspecified code, but I donot know of another that is more specific to describea not-quite-herniated disc!
Hope that helps a bit.
Rena:)
 

nicolelfb

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We use 722.10 for the buldging, the annular depends on the diagnosis but you can usr strain codes...
 
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Disk bulging

722.9x codes states "Other and Unspecified" which you want to stay away from those kind of codes.

722xx codes are used for Displacements of the spine. When a report lists "extrusion", "bulging", and "protrusion" then those are the codes to choose which area of the spine.:)
 
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