ICD-9 Diagnosis Code 388.69

Otorrhea NEC

Diagnosis Code 388.69

ICD-9: 388.69
Short Description: Otorrhea NEC
Long Description: Other otorrhea
This is the 2014 version of the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code 388.69

Code Classification
  • Diseases of the sense organs (360–389)
    • Diseases of the ear and mastoid process (380-389)
      • 388 Other disorders of ear

Information for Medical Professionals

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  • Bleeding from ear
  • Bleeding of ear canal
  • Blood discharge from ear
  • Blood in ear canal
  • Discharging mastoid cavity - bloody
  • Dried blood in external ear canal
  • Foul odor drainage from external ear canal
  • Injury of head with otorrhagia
  • On examination - blood - external ear
  • On examination - blood from ear
  • On examination - blood in auditory canal
  • On examination - bloodstained ear discharge
  • On examination - purulent ear discharge
  • On examination - serous ear discharge
  • On examination - waxy ear discharge
  • Purulent drainage from external ear canal
  • Serous drainage from external ear canal

Index of Diseases and Injuries
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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:

  • Ear infections are the most common illness in infants and young children.
  • Tinnitus, a roaring in your ears, can be the result of loud noises, medicines or a variety of other causes.
  • Meniere's disease may be the result of fluid problems in your inner ear; its symptoms include tinnitus and dizziness.
  • Ear barotrauma is an injury to your ear because of changes in barometric (air) or water pressure.

Some ear disorders can result in hearing disorders and deafness.

  • Aural polyps
  • Benign ear cyst or tumor
  • Ear discharge
  • Ear emergencies
  • Ear examination
  • Earache
  • Eardrum repair
  • Otosclerosis
  • Ruptured eardrum
  • Tympanometry
  • Wax blockage

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