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CTS vs. Median Neuropathy

Sharon Posted Mon 15th of February, 2016 18:12:22 PM

What is the difference, other than the ICD-10-CM coding of median neuropathies with G56.1- and CTS with G56.0-, between:

1)Median Neuropathy & 2)Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Can you elaborate on the distinction?

SuperCoder Answered Tue 16th of February, 2016 01:28:25 AM

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is the most common focal peripheral neuropathy. CTS is caused by entrapment of the median nerve at the wrist as it traverses through the carpal tunnel.
Therefore, median neuropathy and carpal tunnel syndrome are the same.

Sharon Posted Wed 24th of February, 2016 18:43:10 PM

What is the distinction between

SuperCoder Answered Thu 25th of February, 2016 02:17:10 AM

G56.1(Other lesions of median nerve)- Median nerve entrapment can occur at any level in the upper limb.
G56.0(Carpal tunnel syndrome)- Entrapment of the median nerve in the carpal tunnel, which is formed by the flexor retinaculum and the carpal bones.

Sharon Posted Thu 25th of February, 2016 22:04:17 PM

Thank you, that's very helpful.

SuperCoder Answered Thu 25th of February, 2016 23:59:41 PM

Happy to help.

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