2021 ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code H72.9

Unspecified perforation of tympanic membrane

    2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
  • H72.9 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 H72.9 became effective on October 1, 2020.
  • This is the American ICD-10-CM version of H72.9 - other international versions of ICD-10 H72.9 may differ.
The following code(s) above H72.9 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 H72.9:
  • H60-H95
    2021 ICD-10-CM Range H60-H95

    Diseases of the ear and mastoid process

    Note
    • 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
  • H72
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code H72

    Perforation of tympanic membrane

      2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
    Code First
    Includes
    • persistent post-traumatic perforation of ear drum
    • postinflammatory perforation of ear drum
    Type 1 Excludes
    • acute suppurative otitis media with rupture of the tympanic membrane (H66.01-)
    • traumatic rupture of ear drum (S09.2-)
    Perforation of tympanic membrane
Clinical Information
  • A temporary or persistent opening in the eardrum (tympanic membrane). Clinical signs depend on the size, location, and associated pathological condition.
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 H72.9:

ICD-10-CM Codes Adjacent To H72.9
H72.81 Multiple perforations of tympanic membrane
H72.811 …… right ear
H72.812 …… left ear
H72.813 …… bilateral
H72.819 …… unspecified ear
H72.82 Total perforations of tympanic membrane
H72.821 …… right ear
H72.822 …… left ear
H72.823 …… bilateral
H72.829 …… unspecified ear
H72.9 Unspecified perforation of tympanic membrane
H72.90 …… unspecified ear
H72.91 …… right ear
H72.92 …… left ear
H72.93 …… bilateral
H73 Other disorders of tympanic membrane
H73.0 Acute myringitis
H73.00 Unspecified acute myringitis
H73.001 Acute myringitis, right ear
H73.002 Acute myringitis, left ear
H73.003 Acute myringitis, bilateral

Reimbursement claims with a date of service on or after October 1, 2015 require the use of ICD-10-CM codes.