2022 ICD-10-CM Code H61.32

Acquired stenosis of external ear canal secondary to inflammation and infection

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

ICD-10:H61.32
Short Description:Acquired stenosis of ext ear canal sec to inflam and infct
Long Description:Acquired stenosis of external ear canal secondary to inflammation and infection

Code Classification

  • Diseases of the ear and mastoid process (H60–H95)
    • Diseases of external ear (H60-H62)
      • Other disorders of external ear (H61)

H61.32 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 secondary to inflammation and infection. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2022 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.

Specific Coding for Acquired stenosis of ext ear canal sec to inflam and infct

Non-specific codes like H61.32 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 ext ear canal sec to inflam and infct:

  • 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

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 H61.32 are found in the index:

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)