ICD-10-CM Code H60.0
Abscess of external ear
Non-Billable CodeNon-Billable means the code is not sufficient justification for admission to an acute care hospital when used a principal diagnosis. Use a child code to capture more detail.
ICD Code H60.0 is a non-billable code. To code a diagnosis of this type, you must use one of the four child codes of H60.0 that describes the diagnosis 'abscess of external ear' in more detail.
- H60.0 Abscess of external ear NON-BILLABLE
The ICD code H60 is used to code Otitis externa
Otitis externa (also known as external otitis and swimmer's ear) is an inflammation of the outer ear and ear canal. Along with otitis media, external otitis is one of the two human conditions commonly called "earache". It also occurs in many other species. Inflammation of the skin of the ear canal is the essence of this disorder. The inflammation can be secondary to dermatitis (eczema) only, with no microbial infection, or it can be caused by active bacterial or fungal infection. In either case, but more often with infection, the ear canal skin swells and may become painful or tender to touch.
|MeSH Codes:||D010032, D010032, D010032, D010032, D010032|
|ICD 9 Codes:||537.1, 547.3, 112.82, 380.1, 380.2|
A severe case of acute otitis externa. Note the narrowing of the external auditory channel, the prominent amounts of exudate and swelling of the auricle.
Coding Notes for H60.0 Info for medical coders on how to properly use this ICD-10 code
Inclusion TermsInclusion 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.
- Boil of external ear
- Carbuncle of auricle or external auditory canal
- Furuncle of external ear
ICD-10-CM Alphabetical Index References for 'H60.0 - Abscess of external ear'
The ICD-10-CM Alphabetical Index links the below-listed medical terms to the ICD code H60.0. Click on any term below to browse the alphabetical index.