2023 ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code T16

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Foreign body in ear

    2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
  • T16 should not be used for reimbursement purposes as there are multiple codes below it that contain a greater level of detail.
  • The 2023 edition of ICD-10-CM T16 became effective on October 1, 2022.
  • This is the American ICD-10-CM version of T16 - other international versions of ICD-10 T16 may differ.
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  • foreign body in auditory canal
The following code(s) above T16 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 T16:
  • S00-T88
    2023 ICD-10-CM Range S00-T88

    Injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes

    • Use secondary code(s) from Chapter 20, External causes of morbidity, to indicate cause of injury. Codes within the T section that include the external cause do not require an additional external cause code
    Type 1 Excludes
    Use Additional
    • code to identify any retained foreign body, if applicable (Z18.-)
    Injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes
  • T15-T19
    2023 ICD-10-CM Range T15-T19

    Effects of foreign body entering through natural orifice

    Type 2 Excludes
    • foreign body accidentally left in operation wound (T81.5-)
    • foreign body in penetrating wound - See open wound by body region
    • residual foreign body in soft tissue (M79.5)
    • splinter, without open wound - See superficial injury by body region
    Effects of foreign body entering through natural orifice
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
  • 2022 (effective 10/1/2021): No change
  • 2023 (effective 10/1/2022): No change
Code annotations containing back-references to T16:
  • Type 2 Excludes: Z03.82
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code Z03.82

    Encounter for observation for suspected foreign body ruled out

      2021 - New Code 2022 2023 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
    Type 1 Excludes
    • retained foreign body (Z18.-)
    • retained foreign body in eyelid (H02.81)
    • residual foreign body in soft tissue (M79.5)
    Type 2 Excludes
    • confirmed foreign body ingestion or aspiration including:
    • foreign body in alimentary tract (T18)
    • foreign body in ear (T16)
    • foreign body on external eye (T15)
    • foreign body in respiratory tract (T17)
ICD-10-CM Codes Adjacent To T16
T15.90XD …… subsequent encounter
T15.90XS …… sequela
T15.91 Foreign body on external eye, part unspecified, right eye
T15.91XA …… initial encounter
T15.91XD …… subsequent encounter
T15.91XS …… sequela
T15.92 Foreign body on external eye, part unspecified, left eye
T15.92XA …… initial encounter
T15.92XD …… subsequent encounter
T15.92XS …… sequela
T16 Foreign body in ear
T16.1 Foreign body in right ear
T16.1XXA …… initial encounter
T16.1XXD …… subsequent encounter
T16.1XXS …… sequela
T16.2 Foreign body in left ear
T16.2XXA …… initial encounter
T16.2XXD …… subsequent encounter
T16.2XXS …… sequela
T16.9 Foreign body in ear, unspecified ear
T16.9XXA …… initial encounter

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