ICD-10 Diagnosis Code W94.23XD

Expsr to chng in air pressure in arcrft during ascent, subs

Diagnosis Code W94.23XD

ICD-10: W94.23XD
Short Description: Expsr to chng in air pressure in arcrft during ascent, subs
Long Description: Exposure to sudden change in air pressure in aircraft during ascent, subsequent encounter
This is the 2017 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code W94.23XD

Code Classification
  • External causes of morbidity and mortality
    • Exposure to electric current, radiation and extreme ambient air temperature and pressure (W85-W99)
      • Expsr to high and low air pressr and changes in air pressure (W94)

Information for Patients


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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