ICD-9 Diagnosis Code 388.72

Referred pain of ear

Diagnosis Code 388.72

ICD-9: 388.72
Short Description: Referred pain of ear
Long Description: Referred otogenic pain
This is the 2014 version of the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code 388.72

Code Classification
  • Diseases of the sense organs
    • Diseases of the ear and mastoid process (380-389)
      • 388 Other disorders of ear

Information for Patients

Ear Disorders

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
  • Earache
  • Eardrum repair
  • Otosclerosis
  • Ruptured eardrum
  • Tympanometry
  • Wax blockage

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Pain is a feeling triggered in the nervous system. Pain may be sharp or dull. It may come and go, or it may be constant. You may feel pain in one area of your body, such as your back, abdomen or chest or you may feel pain all over, such as when your muscles ache from the flu.

Pain can be helpful in diagnosing a problem. Without pain, you might seriously hurt yourself without knowing it, or you might not realize you have a medical problem that needs treatment. Once you take care of the problem, pain usually goes away. However, sometimes pain goes on for weeks, months or even years. This is called chronic pain. Sometimes chronic pain is due to an ongoing cause, such as cancer or arthritis. Sometimes the cause is unknown.

Fortunately, there are many ways to treat pain. Treatment varies depending on the cause of pain. Pain relievers, acupuncture and sometimes surgery are helpful.

  • Aches and pains during pregnancy
  • Neuralgia
  • Palliative care - managing pain
  • Somatoform pain disorder

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