A new code (G04.82) was created to identify acute flaccid myelitis (AFM). Although rare, AFM is a serious neurologic condition that affects the gray matter of the spinal cord and causes the muscles and reflexes of the body to weaken. Neurologic symptoms may be preceded by a febrile respiratory illness and sometimes pain in the extremities. The most common signs and symptoms may include facial drooping/weakness, trouble moving the eyes, drooping eyelids, trouble swallowing or slurred speech. More severe symptoms involve complete paralysis, the inability to breathe, and respiratory failure, which can result in the need for long-term mechanical ventilation. AFM is also known as a “polio-like” illness. The most recent cases in the United States have been seen in children.
AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS - 2021 Issue 4; ICD-10-CM New/Revised Codes
Acute Flaccid Myelitis
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