ICD-10 Diagnosis Code T70.9

Effect of air pressure and water pressure, unspecified

Diagnosis Code T70.9

ICD-10: T70.9
Short Description: Effect of air pressure and water pressure, unspecified
Long Description: Effect of air pressure and water pressure, unspecified
This is the 2017 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code T70.9

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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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