2021 ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code H60.0

Abscess of external ear

    2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
  • H60.0 should not be used for reimbursement purposes as there are multiple codes below it that contain a greater level of detail.
  • The 2021 edition of ICD-10-CM H60.0 became effective on October 1, 2020.
  • This is the American ICD-10-CM version of H60.0 - other international versions of ICD-10 H60.0 may differ.
Applicable To
  • Boil of external ear
  • Carbuncle of auricle or external auditory canal
  • Furuncle of external ear
The following code(s) above H60.0 contain annotation back-references
Annotation Back-References
In this context, annotation back-references refer to codes that contain:
  • Applicable To annotations, or
  • Code Also annotations, or
  • Code First annotations, or
  • Excludes1 annotations, or
  • Excludes2 annotations, or
  • Includes annotations, or
  • Note annotations, or
  • Use Additional annotations
that may be applicable to H60.0:
  • H60-H95
    2021 ICD-10-CM Range H60-H95

    Diseases of the ear and mastoid process

    • Use an external cause code following the code for the ear condition, if applicable, to identify the cause of the ear condition
    Type 2 Excludes
    • certain conditions originating in the perinatal period (P04-P96)
    • certain infectious and parasitic diseases (A00-B99)
    • complications of pregnancy, childbirth and the puerperium (O00-O9A)
    • congenital malformations, deformations and chromosomal abnormalities (Q00-Q99)
    • endocrine, nutritional and metabolic diseases (E00-E88)
    • injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes (S00-T88)
    • neoplasms (C00-D49)
    • symptoms, signs and abnormal clinical and laboratory findings, not elsewhere classified (R00-R94)
    Diseases of the ear and mastoid process
Code History
  • 2016 (effective 10/1/2015): New code (first year of non-draft ICD-10-CM)
  • 2017 (effective 10/1/2016): No change
  • 2018 (effective 10/1/2017): No change
  • 2019 (effective 10/1/2018): No change
  • 2020 (effective 10/1/2019): No change
  • 2021 (effective 10/1/2020): No change
Code annotations containing back-references to H60.0:
  • Type 2 Excludes: L02.0
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code L02.0

    Cutaneous abscess, furuncle and carbuncle of face

      2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
    Type 2 Excludes
    • abscess of ear, external (H60.0)
    • abscess of eyelid (H00.0)
    • abscess of head [any part, except face] (L02.8)
    • abscess of lacrimal gland (H04.0)
    • abscess of lacrimal passages (H04.3)
    • abscess of mouth (K12.2)
    • abscess of nose (J34.0)
    • abscess of orbit (H05.0)
    • submandibular abscess (K12.2)

Diagnosis Index entries containing back-references to H60.0:
  • Abscess (connective tissue) (embolic) (fistulous) (infective) (metastatic) (multiple) (pernicious) (pyogenic) (septic) L02.91
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code L02.91

    Cutaneous abscess, unspecified

      2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Billable/Specific Code

ICD-10-CM Codes Adjacent To H60.0
H59.43 …… stage 3
H59.8 Other intraoperative and postprocedural complications and disorders of eye and adnexa, not elsewhere classified
H59.81 Chorioretinal scars after surgery for detachment
H59.811 …… right eye
H59.812 …… left eye
H59.813 …… bilateral
H59.819 …… unspecified eye
H59.88 Other intraoperative complications of eye and adnexa, not elsewhere classified
H59.89 Other postprocedural complications and disorders of eye and adnexa, not elsewhere classified
H60 Otitis externa
H60.0 Abscess of external ear
H60.00 …… unspecified ear
H60.01 Abscess of right external ear
H60.02 Abscess of left external ear
H60.03 …… bilateral
H60.1 Cellulitis of external ear
H60.10 …… unspecified ear
H60.11 Cellulitis of right external ear
H60.12 Cellulitis of left external ear
H60.13 …… bilateral
H60.2 Malignant otitis externa

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