2021 ICD-10-CM Code S00.45

Superficial foreign body of ear

Version 2021
Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

S00.45 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of superficial foreign body of ear. The code 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:S00.45
Short Description:Superficial foreign body of ear
Long Description:Superficial foreign body of ear

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Superficial foreign body of ear

Header codes like S00.45 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 superficial foreign body of ear:

  • S00.451 - Superficial foreign body of right ear
  • S00.451A - Superficial foreign body of right ear, initial encounter
  • S00.451D - Superficial foreign body of right ear, subsequent encounter
  • S00.451S - Superficial foreign body of right ear, sequela
  • S00.452 - Superficial foreign body of left ear
  • S00.452A - Superficial foreign body of left ear, initial encounter
  • S00.452D - Superficial foreign body of left ear, subsequent encounter
  • S00.452S - Superficial foreign body of left ear, sequela
  • S00.459 - Superficial foreign body of unspecified ear
  • S00.459A - Superficial foreign body of unspecified ear, initial encounter
  • S00.459D - Superficial foreign body of unspecified ear, subsequent encounter
  • S00.459S - Superficial foreign body of unspecified ear, sequela

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 S00.45:


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 S00.45 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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Foreign Bodies

If you've ever gotten a splinter or had sand in your eye, you've had experience with a foreign body. A foreign body is something that is stuck inside you but isn't supposed to be there. You may inhale or swallow a foreign body, or you may get one from an injury to almost any part of your body. Foreign bodies are more common in small children, who sometimes stick things in their mouths, ears, and noses.

Some foreign bodies, like a small splinter, do not cause serious harm. Inhaled or swallowed foreign bodies may cause choking or bowel obstruction and may require medical care.


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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)