2021 ICD-10-CM Code H68.13

Extrinsic cartilagenous obstruction of Eustachian tube

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

H68.13 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of extrinsic cartilagenous obstruction of eustachian tube. 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:H68.13
Short Description:Extrinsic cartilagenous obstruction of Eustachian tube
Long Description:Extrinsic cartilagenous obstruction of Eustachian tube

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Extrinsic cartilagenous obstruction of Eustachian tube

Non-specific codes like H68.13 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 extrinsic cartilagenous obstruction of eustachian tube:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H68.131 for Extrinsic cartilagenous obstruction of Eustachian tube, right ear
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H68.132 for Extrinsic cartilagenous obstruction of Eustachian tube, left ear
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H68.133 for Extrinsic cartilagenous obstruction of Eustachian tube, bilateral
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H68.139 for Extrinsic cartilagenous obstruction of Eustachian tube, 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 H68.13:


Inclusion Terms

Inclusion Terms
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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 H68.13 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)