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spondylosis for degenerative disc change??

  1. #1
    Rochester, NY
    Default spondylosis for degenerative disc change??
    Medical Coding Books
    Can anyone tell me the difference between spondylosis and degenerative disc disease?

    I have two different examples:
    1. The report states, "multi level degenerative changes of the intervertebral discs of the lumbar spine".
    2. This report states, "degenerative disc and endplate changes".

    If I look up degenerative, then disc, then intervertebral, then lumbar for example the code is 722.52.

    However, if I look up change, then degenerative then spine it leads me to a spondylosis code.

    The 722.52 sounds like a better match for "degenerative changes of the intervertebral disc" to me, but my boss is telling me that code is incorrect and I should use the 721.3 spondylosis code.
    Thanks, Jill

  2. #2
    if in a body of report any disc involvement of disc is there then code 722.52and if in body of report it is told that degerative chages to L1-L5 level, and not mentioning the disc then code 721.3
    if i get report of both example , i will send it to you
    thanks and regards
    dr sunil dadhich s

  3. #3
    Smile degenarative disc disease
    hi this is the example of 721.3

    Lumbar spine, 5 views-

    History- Back pain

    Lumbar spine, 5 views demonstrates rotary scoliosis concavity left
    apex L2. Demineralization degenerative changes present. Anterior
    osteophytosis throughout the lumbar segments mild in severity. Facet
    arthritis lower lumbar segments. No acute fracture-dislocation.
    Symmetric mild disk space narrowing at all levels.

    Impression- Age commensurate degenerative changes. No acute fracture.

    dr sunil dadhich CPC

  4. Red face
    spondylosis is the degeneration of spine and DDD - degenerative disc disease is degeneration of we pick up the code by reading the docum where the degeration is present.

  5. #5
    Rochester, NY
    Thanks, Jill

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