The ICD-10 Code for spina bifida is Q05.9.
Q05.9 is a billable/specific ICD-10-CM code that can be used to indicate a diagnosis for reimbursement purposes. The 2018 edition of ICD-10-CM Q05.9 became effective on October 1, 2017.
ICD-9-CM 741.00 is a billable medical code that can be used to indicate a diagnosis on a reimbursement claim, however, 741.00 should only be used for claims with a date of service on or before September 30, 2015. For claims with a date of service on or after October 1, 2015, use an equivalent ICD-10-CM code (or codes).
Spina bifida is a condition that affects the spine and is usually apparent at birth. Spina bifida can happen anywhere along the spine if the neural tube does not close all the way. When the neural tube doesn’t close all the way, the backbone that protects the spinal cord doesn’t form and close as it should. This often results in damage to the spinal cord and nerves. Often, the spine is exposed in the womb and at birth, requiring immediate surgery. Because of nerve damage, depending on severity, spina bifida can result in lower limb paralysis. Additionally, spina bifida might cause physical and intellectual disabilities that range from mild to severe. The overall severity of spina bifida depends on the size and location of the opening in the spine, and whether part of the spinal cord and nerves are affected.
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