2021 ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code H71.9

Unspecified cholesteatoma

    2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
  • H71.9 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 H71.9 became effective on October 1, 2020.
  • This is the American ICD-10-CM version of H71.9 - other international versions of ICD-10 H71.9 may differ.
The following code(s) above H71.9 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 H71.9:
  • 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
  • H71
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code H71

    Cholesteatoma of middle ear

      2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
    Type 2 Excludes
    • cholesteatoma of external ear (H60.4-)
    • recurrent cholesteatoma of postmastoidectomy cavity (H95.0-)
    Cholesteatoma of middle ear
Clinical Information
  • A non-neoplastic mass of keratin-producing squamous epithelium, frequently occurring in the meninges; bones of the skull, and most commonly in the middle ear and mastoid region. Cholesteatoma can be congenital or acquired. Cholesteatoma is not a tumor nor is it associated with high cholesterol.
  • Non-neoplastic keratinizing mass with stratified squamous epithelium, frequently occurring in the meninges, central nervous system, bones of the skull, and most commonly in the middle ear and mastoid region.
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

Diagnosis Index entries containing back-references to H71.9:

ICD-10-CM Codes Adjacent To H71.9
H71.2 Cholesteatoma of mastoid
H71.20 …… unspecified ear
H71.21 …… right ear
H71.22 …… left ear
H71.23 …… bilateral
H71.3 Diffuse cholesteatosis
H71.30 …… unspecified ear
H71.31 …… right ear
H71.32 …… left ear
H71.33 …… bilateral
H71.9 Unspecified cholesteatoma
H71.90 …… unspecified ear
H71.91 …… right ear
H71.92 …… left ear
H71.93 …… bilateral
H72 Perforation of tympanic membrane
H72.0 Central perforation of tympanic membrane
H72.00 …… unspecified ear
H72.01 …… right ear
H72.02 …… left ear
H72.03 …… bilateral

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