2021 ICD-10-CM Code H61.3

Acquired stenosis of external ear canal

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

H61.3 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of acquired stenosis of external ear canal. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. Category or Header define the heading of a category of codes that may be further subdivided by the use of 4th, 5th, 6th or 7th characters.

ICD-10:H61.3
Short Description:Acquired stenosis of external ear canal
Long Description:Acquired stenosis of external ear canal

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Acquired stenosis of external ear canal

Non-specific codes like H61.3 require more digits to indicate the appropriate level of specificity. Consider using any of the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity when coding for acquired stenosis of external ear canal:

  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H61.30 for Acquired stenosis of external ear canal, unspecified
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H61.301 for Acquired stenosis of right external ear canal, unspecified
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H61.302 for Acquired stenosis of left external ear canal, unspecified
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H61.303 for Acquired stenosis of external ear canal, unspecified, bilateral
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H61.309 for Acquired stenosis of external ear canal, unspecified, unspecified ear
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H61.31 for Acquired stenosis of external ear canal secondary to trauma
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H61.311 for Acquired stenosis of right external ear canal secondary to trauma
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H61.312 for Acquired stenosis of left external ear canal secondary to trauma
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H61.313 for Acquired stenosis of external ear canal secondary to trauma, bilateral
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H61.319 for Acquired stenosis of external ear canal secondary to trauma, unspecified ear
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H61.32 for Acquired stenosis of external ear canal secondary to inflammation and infection
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H61.321 for Acquired stenosis of right external ear canal secondary to inflammation and infection
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H61.322 for Acquired stenosis of left external ear canal secondary to inflammation and infection
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H61.323 for Acquired stenosis of external ear canal secondary to inflammation and infection, bilateral
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H61.329 for Acquired stenosis of external ear canal secondary to inflammation and infection, unspecified ear
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H61.39 for Other acquired stenosis of external ear canal
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H61.391 for Other acquired stenosis of right external ear canal
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H61.392 for Other acquired stenosis of left external ear canal
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H61.393 for Other acquired stenosis of external ear canal, bilateral
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H61.399 for Other acquired stenosis of external ear canal, unspecified ear

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 coding notes and guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more. The following references are applicable to the code H61.3:


Inclusion Terms

Inclusion Terms
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Type 1 Excludes

Type 1 Excludes
A type 1 excludes note is a pure excludes note. It means "NOT CODED HERE!" An Excludes1 note indicates that the code excluded should never be used at the same time as the code above the Excludes1 note. An Excludes1 is used when two conditions cannot occur together, such as a congenital form versus an acquired form of the same condition.

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:

Some ear disorders can result in hearing disorders and deafness.


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Code History

  • FY 2021 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2020 through 9/30/2021
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016 (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)