ICD-10 Diagnosis Code T70.20XD

Unspecified effects of high altitude, subsequent encounter

Diagnosis Code T70.20XD

ICD-10: T70.20XD
Short Description: Unspecified effects of high altitude, subsequent encounter
Long Description: Unspecified effects of high altitude, subsequent encounter
This is the 2018 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code T70.20XD

Valid for Submission
The code T70.20XD is valid for submission for HIPAA-covered transactions.

Code Classification
  • Injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes (S00–T98)
    • Other and unspecified effects of external causes (T66-T78)
      • Effects of air pressure and water pressure (T70)

Information for Patients


Barotrauma

Barotrauma means injury to your body because of changes in barometric (air) or water pressure. One common type happens to your ear. A change in altitude may cause your ears to hurt. This can happen if you are flying in an airplane, driving in the mountains, or scuba diving. Divers can also get decompression sickness, which affects the whole body.

Common symptoms of ear barotrauma include

  • Pain
  • A feeling that your ears are stuffed
  • Hearing loss
  • Dizziness

Treatments for ear barotrauma include chewing gum and yawning to relieve the pressure. Medications such as decongestants may also help.


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