H72.81 - Multiple perforations of tympanic membrane

Version 2023
ICD-10:H72.81
Short Description:Multiple perforations of tympanic membrane
Long Description:Multiple perforations of tympanic membrane
Status: Not Valid for Submission
Version:ICD-10-CM 2023
Code Classification:
  • Diseases of the ear and mastoid process (H60–H95)
    • Diseases of middle ear and mastoid (H65-H75)
      • Perforation of tympanic membrane (H72)

H72.81 is a non-specific and non-billable ICD-10 code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of multiple perforations of tympanic membrane. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2023 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 Multiple perforations of tympanic membrane

Non-specific codes like H72.81 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 multiple perforations of tympanic membrane:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H72.811 for Multiple perforations of tympanic membrane, right ear
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H72.812 for Multiple perforations of tympanic membrane, left ear
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H72.813 for Multiple perforations of tympanic membrane, bilateral
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H72.819 for Multiple perforations of tympanic membrane, unspecified ear

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