ICD-10-CM Code H60.50

Unspecified acute noninfective otitis externa

Version 2021 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

H60.50 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of unspecified acute noninfective otitis externa. The code is NOT valid for the year 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:H60.50
Short Description:Unspecified acute noninfective otitis externa
Long Description:Unspecified acute noninfective otitis externa

Consider the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity:

Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries

The Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries is a list of ICD-10 codes, organized "head to toe" into chapters and sections with guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more. The following references are applicable to the code H60.50:

Inclusion Terms

Inclusion Terms
These terms are the conditions for which that code is to be used. The terms may be synonyms of the code title, or, in the case of "other specified" codes, the terms are a list of the various conditions assigned to that code. The inclusion terms are not necessarily exhaustive. Additional terms found only in the Alphabetic Index may also be assigned to a code.
  • Acute otitis externa NOS

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 H60.50 are found in the index:


Code Classification

  • Diseases of the ear and mastoid process (H60–H95)
    • Diseases of external ear (H60-H62)
      • Otitis externa (H60)

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
  • FY 2021 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2020 through 9/30/2021

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 (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Benign ear cyst or tumor (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Ear discharge (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Ear emergencies (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Ear examination (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Earache (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Eardrum repair (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Otosclerosis (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Ruptured eardrum (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Tympanometry (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Wax blockage (Medical Encyclopedia)

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