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    Default Facet Cyst Rupture

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    Our doc performed a L4-5 facet cyst rupture. She did this to rid the patient of this condition. My question is what dx would I use for this? Thanks.

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    I think L4-5 facet cyst rupture is an uncommon cause of the Lumber Radioculopathy & spinal stenosis. I searched in the ICD 9CM but unable to find a specific code. So Can we consider Radioculopathy/spinal stenosis if mentioned in report?

    And if you look into the ICD 9CM under cyst --> spinal --> 737.20 {Lordosis (acquired) (postural)}. But I'm not agree with this, Lordosis??? no way...

    SO better to study report well & then code.


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    Default lumbar facet cysts

    Hello Fellow Coders,

    I was just researching this website and others this morning and have learned from a medical website post, that the lumbar facet joints are synovial joints.
    So it would seem that we can use 727.40 Synovial cyst, unspecified for the ICD-9-CM code. I know this post is coming late for some, but hope it helps everyone just the same. About the rupture of it, I am not sure.

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