2021 ICD-10-CM Code H81.1

Benign paroxysmal vertigo

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

H81.1 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of benign paroxysmal vertigo. 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:H81.1
Short Description:Benign paroxysmal vertigo
Long Description:Benign paroxysmal vertigo

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Benign paroxysmal vertigo

Non-specific codes like H81.1 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 benign paroxysmal vertigo:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H81.10 for Benign paroxysmal vertigo, unspecified ear
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H81.11 for Benign paroxysmal vertigo, right ear
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H81.12 for Benign paroxysmal vertigo, left ear
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H81.13 for Benign paroxysmal vertigo, bilateral

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 H81.1 are found in the index:

Information for Patients


Dizziness and Vertigo

When you're dizzy, you may feel lightheaded, woozy, or disoriented. If you feel like you or the room are spinning, you have vertigo. These feelings may make you lose your balance.

Dizziness can have many different causes. A sudden drop in blood pressure or being dehydrated can make you dizzy. Many people feel lightheaded if they get up too quickly from sitting or lying down. Certain medicines and problems with your inner ear may cause dizziness. So can motion sickness. Sometimes dizziness can be a symptom of other disorders.

As people get older, they may have more health problems and take more medicines. This makes them more likely to have problems with dizziness and balance.

Dizziness usually gets better by itself or is easily treated. If you are dizzy often, you should see your health care provider to find the cause.

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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)