billable icd 10 code for bells palsy

by Prof. Carleton Kihn II 3 min read

ICD-10 code G51. 0 for Bell's palsy is a medical classification as listed by WHO under the range - Diseases of the nervous system .

Is Bells Palsy completely curable?

The exact cause of Bell's Palsy is unclear (it may be caused by a virus), so there is no known way to prevent or cure it. Luckily, Bell's Palsy usually clears up within a few weeks or months, and there are some things you can do to aid in the recovery process.

What is the cause of Bells Palsy?

The cause of Bell’s palsy is unknown but is thought to be caused by inflammation affecting the body’s immune system. It is associated with other conditions such as diabetes. Symptoms of facial weakness or paralysis get worse over the first few days and start to improve in about 2 weeks.

What is the difference between Bells Palsy and facial palsy?

They include:

  • Paralysis, drooping, weakness or twitching on one side of the face (rarely on both sides)
  • Change in the ability to taste
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Dizziness
  • Drooling
  • Eye or mouth dryness
  • Excessive watering in one eye
  • Headache
  • Hypersensitivity to sound
  • Pain in the jaw or behind the ear

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What are the signs of Bells Palsy?

Warning Signs Of Bell's Palsy

  • Weakness In Face. Damage to the seventh cranial nerve causes Bell's palsy. ...
  • Facial Muscle Twitches. ...
  • Headaches. ...
  • Drooling. ...
  • Difficulty Making Facial Expressions. ...
  • Jaw Or Ear Pain. ...
  • Increased Sound Sensitivity. ...
  • Decreased Sense Of Taste. ...
  • Dry Mouth And Dry Eye. ...
  • Issues Drinking And Eating. ...


What is the ICD 10 code for History of Bell's palsy?

G51. 0 is a billable/specific ICD-10-CM code that can be used to indicate a diagnosis for reimbursement purposes. The 2022 edition of ICD-10-CM G51.

Is Bell's palsy a diagnosis of exclusion?

Idiopathic facial paralysis (Bell's palsy) is a diagnosis of exclusion. It is also the most common cause of unilateral facial weakness seen by primary care physicians. The most important aspect of initial treatment is eye protection.

What are the differential diagnosis of Bell's palsy?

Differential Diagnosis for Facial Nerve PalsyDiseaseCauseDistinguishing factorsSarcoidosis or Guillain-Barré syndromeAutoimmune responseMore often bilateralTumorCholesteatoma, parotid glandGradual onsetSupranuclear (central)Forehead sparedMultiple sclerosisDemyelinationAdditional neurologic symptoms6 more rows•Oct 1, 2007

How is Bells Palsy different from ischemic stroke?

“Because Bell's palsy affects a single nerve, the facial nerve, its symptoms mimic those of a stroke.” A stroke is caused by a blood clot that stops blood flow to the brain or by a blood vessel that ruptures in the brain, while Bell's palsy is linked to facial nerve damage.

What is the difference between Bell's palsy and facial palsy?

Facial paralysis can be permanent and Bell's palsy is temporary. Bell's palsy patients can regain facial function without surgical treatment and there is no permanent damage. CT scan and MRI can be done in case of facial paralysis or Bell's palsy symptoms. These tests identify the root cause of a patient's symptoms.

What is the most common cause of Bell's palsy?

Although the exact reason Bell's palsy occurs isn't clear, it's often related to having a viral infection. Viruses that have been linked to Bell's palsy include viruses that cause: Cold sores and genital herpes (herpes simplex)

Is Bell's Palsy considered a comorbidity?

Recurrent Bell's palsy (RBP) has been reported to range from 2.6 to 15.2% of primary Bell's palsy (BP) and has been associated with systemic comorbidities such as diabetes and hypertension.

Is Bell's Palsy considered a stroke?

To the average person, the signs of Bell's palsy look a lot like a stroke's symptoms, but they are vastly different. Bell's palsy is caused by damage to a single nerve, whereas a stroke is caused by a lack of oxygen and blood to the brain. Bell's palsy and stroke are medical conditions that start in the brain.

Is Bell palsy and UMN or LMN lesion?

LMN facial nerve palsy is raising of the eyebrows which assess frontalis and orbicularis oculi. Lower motor neuronal lesions are ones such as Bell palsy, Ramsay Hunt syndrome, and others further described in this article.

Is cerebral palsy and Bell's palsy the same?

Additionally, Bell's palsy is a temporary condition caused by dysfunction of the peripheral nervous system and most people recover full control over their facial muscles. In contrast, cerebral palsy is a lifelong condition caused by damage to the central nervous system.

Is Bell's palsy upper motor neuron lesion?

You will need to differentiate between an upper and lower motor neurone lesion of the facial nerve. A lower motor neurone lesion occurs with Bell's palsy, whereas an upper motor neurone lesion is associated with a cerebrovascular accident.

What is the Ramsay Hunt Syndrome?

Ramsay Hunt syndrome is a painful rash around the ear, on the face, or on the mouth. It occurs when the varicella-zoster virus infects a nerve in the head.

The ICD code G510 is used to code Bell's palsy

Bell's palsy is a form of facial paralysis resulting from a dysfunction of the cranial nerve VII (the facial nerve) causing an inability to control facial muscles on the affected side. Often the eye in the affected side cannot be closed.

Coding Notes for G51.0 Info for medical coders on how to properly use this ICD-10 code

Inclusion Terms are a list of concepts for which a specific code is used. The list of Inclusion Terms is useful for determining the correct code in some cases, but the list is not necessarily exhaustive.

ICD-10-CM Alphabetical Index References for 'G51.0 - Bell's palsy'

The ICD-10-CM Alphabetical Index links the below-listed medical terms to the ICD code G51.0. Click on any term below to browse the alphabetical index.


This is the official exact match mapping between ICD9 and ICD10, as provided by the General Equivalency mapping crosswalk. This means that in all cases where the ICD9 code 351.0 was previously used, G51.0 is the appropriate modern ICD10 code.