ICD-10 Diagnosis Code T70.0XXA

Otitic barotrauma, initial encounter

Diagnosis Code T70.0XXA

ICD-10: T70.0XXA
Short Description: Otitic barotrauma, initial encounter
Long Description: Otitic barotrauma, initial encounter
This is the 2018 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code T70.0XXA

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The code T70.0XXA is valid for submission for HIPAA-covered transactions.

Code Classification
  • Injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes (S00–T98)
    • Other and unspecified effects of external causes (T66-T78)
      • Effects of air pressure and water pressure (T70)

Information for Medical Professionals

Diagnostic Related Groups
The diagnosis code T70.0XXA is grouped in the following Diagnostic Related Group(s) (MS-DRG V34.0)


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  • Aural barotrauma of ascent
  • Aural barotrauma of ascent
  • Aural barotrauma of descent
  • Barotitis externa
  • Barotitis interna
  • Barotrauma of descent
  • Barotraumatic Eustachian tube dysfunction
  • Cochlear barotrauma
  • Cochlear trauma
  • Dysfunction of eustachian tube
  • Effects of high altitude on ears
  • Injury of inner ear
  • Injury of inner ear
  • Injury of middle ear and Eustachian tube
  • Inner ear decompression injury
  • Otitic barotrauma
  • Vestibular barotrauma
  • Vestibular trauma

Information for Patients


Barotrauma means injury to your body because of changes in barometric (air) or water pressure. One common type happens to your ear. A change in altitude may cause your ears to hurt. This can happen if you are flying in an airplane, driving in the mountains, or scuba diving. Divers can also get decompression sickness, which affects the whole body.

Common symptoms of ear barotrauma include

  • Pain
  • A feeling that your ears are stuffed
  • Hearing loss
  • Dizziness

Treatments for ear barotrauma include chewing gum and yawning to relieve the pressure. Medications such as decongestants may also help.

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