ICD-10-CM Code H71

Cholesteatoma of middle ear

Version 2021 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

H71 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of cholesteatoma of middle ear. The code is NOT valid for the year 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:H71
Short Description:Cholesteatoma of middle ear
Long Description:Cholesteatoma of middle ear

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

  • H71.0 - Cholesteatoma of attic
  • H71.00 - Cholesteatoma of attic, unspecified ear
  • H71.01 - Cholesteatoma of attic, right ear
  • H71.02 - Cholesteatoma of attic, left ear
  • H71.03 - Cholesteatoma of attic, bilateral
  • H71.1 - Cholesteatoma of tympanum
  • H71.10 - Cholesteatoma of tympanum, unspecified ear
  • H71.11 - Cholesteatoma of tympanum, right ear
  • H71.12 - Cholesteatoma of tympanum, left ear
  • H71.13 - Cholesteatoma of tympanum, bilateral
  • H71.2 - Cholesteatoma of mastoid
  • H71.20 - Cholesteatoma of mastoid, unspecified ear
  • H71.21 - Cholesteatoma of mastoid, right ear
  • H71.22 - Cholesteatoma of mastoid, left ear
  • H71.23 - Cholesteatoma of mastoid, bilateral
  • H71.3 - Diffuse cholesteatosis
  • H71.30 - Diffuse cholesteatosis, unspecified ear
  • H71.31 - Diffuse cholesteatosis, right ear
  • H71.32 - Diffuse cholesteatosis, left ear
  • H71.33 - Diffuse cholesteatosis, bilateral
  • H71.9 - Unspecified cholesteatoma
  • H71.90 - Unspecified cholesteatoma, unspecified ear
  • H71.91 - Unspecified cholesteatoma, right ear
  • H71.92 - Unspecified cholesteatoma, left ear
  • H71.93 - Unspecified cholesteatoma, bilateral

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 H71:

Type 2 Excludes

Type 2 Excludes
A type 2 excludes note represents "Not included here". An excludes2 note indicates that the condition excluded is not part of the condition represented by the code, but a patient may have both conditions at the same time. When an Excludes2 note appears under a code, it is acceptable to use both the code and the excluded code together, when appropriate.
  • cholesteatoma of external ear H60.4
  • recurrent cholesteatoma of postmastoidectomy cavity H95.0

Code Classification

  • Diseases of the ear and mastoid process (H60–H95)
    • Diseases of middle ear and mastoid (H65-H75)
      • Cholesteatoma of middle ear (H71)

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 Infections

Also called: Otitis media

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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  • Ear examination (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Ear infection - acute (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Ear infection - chronic (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Ear tube insertion (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Earache (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Otitis media with effusion (Medical Encyclopedia)
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