What ICD-10 Codes are Used for Costochondritis?
Costochondritis is an inflammation of the cartilage that connects a rib to the breastbone (sternum). This condition can cause chest pain that often mimics the pain of a heart attack. Accurate coding of costochondritis is essential for correct diagnosis, patient care, and medical billing. The ICD-10-CM facilitates this with standardized codes.
Commonly Used ICD-10-CM Codes for Costochondritis:
M94.0 - Costochondritis
Clinical Description: This code represents the inflammation of the costal cartilage, leading to localized chest wall pain and tenderness.
(Note: Costochondritis is often a clinical diagnosis based on physical examination. The primary code for costochondritis is M94.0. There may be other codes for associated symptoms or conditions, but M94.0 is the direct code for the disease itself.)
Which Costochondritis ICD codes are Billable?
M94.0 for Costochondritis is billable.
- Costochondritis usually causes localized chest pain that can be reproduced by pushing on the cartilage in the front of the ribcage.
- The pain might increase with deep breathing or physical activity.
- The exact cause of costochondritis is often unknown, but it might be associated with physical strain, trauma, respiratory infections, or chest surgeries.
- It's crucial to differentiate costochondritis from more severe conditions like heart disease.
- Treatment usually involves pain relievers, anti-inflammatory medications, and physical therapy. In most cases, costochondritis resolves on its own.
- Costal chondritis
- Tietze's syndrome (though this also involves swelling)
- Costosternal syndrome
- Costosternal chondrodynia
- Anterior chest wall syndrome