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Code: M65.341
Trigger finger, right ring finger
Parent Code Notes: M65
Excludes1: chronic crepitant synovitis of hand and wrist (M70.0-)
current injury - see injury of ligament or tendon by body region
soft tissue disorders related to use, overuse and pressure (M70.-)

Category Notes
Disorders of synovium and tendon (M65-M67)

Coding Guidelines
Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue (M00-M99)
Note: Use an external cause code following the code for the musculoskeletal condition, if applicable, to identify the cause of the musculoskeletal condition
Excludes 2: 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)


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I am trying to bill code M65.341 (trigger finger) and M70.61 (bursitis of hip) and my billing program is generating an edit stating that these codes cannot be billed together bc they are mutually exclusive. Can someone explain this to me since they are totally different parts of the body? thanks!