ICD-10-CM Code B37.84

Candidal otitis externa

Version 2020 Billable Code

Valid for Submission

B37.84 is a billable code used to specify a medical diagnosis of candidal otitis externa. The code is valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. The ICD-10-CM code B37.84 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like bilateral otitis externa of external auditory canals caused by fungus, candidal otitis externa, chronic mycotic otitis externa, chronic otitis externa due to moniliasis, infection of bilateral ears, infective otitis externa of bilateral ears, etc

ICD-10:B37.84
Short Description:Candidal otitis externa
Long Description:Candidal otitis externa

Index to Diseases and Injuries

The Index to Diseases and Injuries is an alphabetical listing of medical terms, with each term mapped to one or more ICD-10 code(s). The following references for the code B37.84 are found in the index:


Synonyms

The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:

  • Bilateral otitis externa of external auditory canals caused by fungus
  • Candidal otitis externa
  • Chronic mycotic otitis externa
  • Chronic otitis externa due to moniliasis
  • Infection of bilateral ears
  • Infective otitis externa of bilateral ears
  • Otitis externa of bilateral external auditory canals caused by Candida species
  • Otitis externa of left external auditory canal caused by Candida species
  • Otitis externa of left external auditory canal caused by fungus
  • Otitis externa of left external auditory canal caused by fungus
  • Otitis externa of right external auditory canal caused by Candida species
  • Otitis externa of right external auditory canal caused by fungus
  • Otitis externa of right external auditory canal caused by fungus

Diagnostic Related Groups

The ICD-10 code B37.84 is grouped in the following groups for version MS-DRG V37.0 What are Diagnostic Related Groups?
The Diagnostic Related Groups (DRGs) are a patient classification scheme which provides a means of relating the type of patients a hospital treats. The DRGs divides all possible principal diagnoses into mutually exclusive principal diagnosis areas referred to as Major Diagnostic Categories (MDC).
applicable from 10/01/2020 through 09/30/2020.

  • 154 - OTHER EAR, NOSE, MOUTH AND THROAT DIAGNOSES WITH MCC
  • 155 - OTHER EAR, NOSE, MOUTH AND THROAT DIAGNOSES WITH CC
  • 156 - OTHER EAR, NOSE, MOUTH AND THROAT DIAGNOSES WITHOUT CC/MCC

Convert B37.84 to ICD-9

  • 112.82 - Candidal otitis externa

Code Classification

Code History

  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016
    (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020

Information for Patients


Ear Infections

Ear infections are the most common reason parents bring their child to a doctor. Three out of four children will have at least one ear infection by their third birthday. Adults can also get ear infections, but they are less common.

The infection usually affects the middle ear and is called otitis media. The tubes inside the ears become clogged with fluid and mucus. This can affect hearing, because sound cannot get through all that fluid.

If your child isn't old enough to say "My ear hurts," here are a few things to look for

  • Tugging at ears
  • Crying more than usual
  • Fluid draining from the ear
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Balance difficulties
  • Hearing problems

Your health care provider will diagnose an ear infection by looking inside the ear with an instrument called an otoscope.

Often, ear infections go away on their own. Your health care provider may recommend pain relievers. Severe infections and infections in young babies may require antibiotics.

Children who get infections often may need surgery to place small tubes inside their ears. The tubes relieve pressure in the ears so that the child can hear again.

NIH: National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders


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Yeast Infections

Candida is the scientific name for yeast. It is a fungus that lives almost everywhere, including in your body. Usually, your immune system keeps yeast under control. If you are sick or taking antibiotics, it can multiply and cause an infection.

Yeast infections affect different parts of the body in different ways:

  • Thrush is a yeast infection that causes white patches in your mouth
  • Candida esophagitis is thrush that spreads to your esophagus, the tube that takes food from your mouth to your stomach. It can make it hard or painful to swallow.
  • Women can get vaginal yeast infections, causing vaginitis
  • Yeast infections of the skin cause itching and rashes
  • Yeast infections in your bloodstream can be life-threatening

Antifungal medicines get rid of yeast infections in most people. If you have a weak immune system, treatment might be more difficult.


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