Diagnosis Code H61.21
Information for Medical Professionals
The following edits are applicable to this code:
Questionable admission codes Questionable admission codes
Some diagnoses are not usually sufficient justification for admission to an acute care hospital. For example, if a patient is given code R030 for elevated blood pressure reading, without diagnosis of hypertension, then the patient would have a questionable admission, since elevated blood pressure reading is not normally sufficient justification for admission to a hospital.
Diagnostic Related Groups
The diagnosis code H61.21 is grouped in the following Diagnostic Related Group(s) (MS-DRG v33.0)
- OTHER EAR, NOSE, MOUTH AND THROAT DIAGNOSES WITH MCC 154
- OTHER EAR, NOSE, MOUTH AND THROAT DIAGNOSES WITH CC 155
- OTHER EAR, NOSE, MOUTH AND THROAT DIAGNOSES WITHOUT CC/MCC 156
Convert to ICD-9 General Equivalence Map
The ICD-10 and ICD-9 GEMs are used to facilitate linking between the diagnosis codes in ICD-9-CM and the new ICD-10-CM code set. The GEMs are the raw material from which providers, health information vendors and payers can derive specific applied mappings to meet their needs.
- 380.4 - Impacted cerumen (approximate) Approximate Flag
The approximate flag is on, indicating that the relationship between the code in the source system and the code in the target system is an approximate equivalent.
- Excessive cerumen in ear canal
- Impacted cerumen in right ear
- Wax in ear canal
Information for Patients
Your ear has three main parts: outer, middle and inner. You use all of them in hearing. Sound waves come in through your outer ear. They reach your middle ear, where they make your eardrum vibrate. The vibrations are transmitted through three tiny bones, called ossicles, in your middle ear. The vibrations travel to your inner ear, a snail-shaped organ. The inner ear makes the nerve impulses that are sent to the brain. Your brain recognizes them as sounds. The inner ear also controls balance.
A variety of conditions may affect your hearing or balance:
- Ear infections are the most common illness in infants and young children.
- Tinnitus, a roaring in your ears, can be the result of loud noises, medicines or a variety of other causes.
- Meniere's disease may be the result of fluid problems in your inner ear; its symptoms include tinnitus and dizziness.
- Ear barotrauma is an injury to your ear because of changes in barometric (air) or water pressure.
Some ear disorders can result in hearing disorders and deafness.
- Aural polyps
- Benign ear cyst or tumor
- Ear discharge
- Ear emergencies
- Ear examination
- Eardrum repair
- Ruptured eardrum
- Wax blockage