2021 ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code H81

Disorders of vestibular function

    2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
  • H81 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 H81 became effective on October 1, 2020.
  • This is the American ICD-10-CM version of H81 - other international versions of ICD-10 H81 may differ.
Type 1 Excludes
Type 1 Excludes Help
A type 1 excludes note is a pure excludes. It means "not coded here". A type 1 excludes note indicates that the code excluded should never be used at the same time as H81. A type 1 excludes note is for used for when two conditions cannot occur together, such as a congenital form versus an acquired form of the same condition.
  • epidemic vertigo (
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code A88.1

    Epidemic vertigo

      2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Billable/Specific Code
    A88.1
    )
  • vertigo NOS (
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code R42

    Dizziness and giddiness

      2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Billable/Specific Code
    Applicable To
    • Light-headedness
    • Vertigo NOS
    Type 1 Excludes
    • vertiginous syndromes (H81.-)
    • vertigo from infrasound (T75.23)
    R42
    )
The following code(s) above H81 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 H81:
  • 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
Clinical Information
  • A disorder characterized by dizziness, imbalance, nausea, and vision problems.
  • Pathological processes of the vestibular labyrinth which contains part of the balancing apparatus. Patients with vestibular diseases show instability and are at risk of frequent falls.
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 H81:
  • Type 1 Excludes: R42
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code R42

    Dizziness and giddiness

      2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Billable/Specific Code
    Applicable To
    • Light-headedness
    • Vertigo NOS
    Type 1 Excludes
    • vertiginous syndromes (H81.-)
    • vertigo from infrasound (T75.23)
ICD-10-CM Codes Adjacent To H81
H80.8 Other otosclerosis
H80.80 …… unspecified ear
H80.81 …… right ear
H80.82 …… left ear
H80.83 …… bilateral
H80.9 Unspecified otosclerosis
H80.90 …… unspecified ear
H80.91 …… right ear
H80.92 …… left ear
H80.93 …… bilateral
H81 Disorders of vestibular function
H81.0 Ménière's disease
H81.01 …… right ear
H81.02 …… left ear
H81.03 …… bilateral
H81.09 …… unspecified ear
H81.1 Benign paroxysmal vertigo
H81.10 …… unspecified ear
H81.11 …… right ear
H81.12 …… left ear
H81.13 …… bilateral

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