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Ear Dermatitis ICD 9 code

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    Default Ear Dermatitis ICD 9 code
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    Doctor's Impression: Ear Dermatitis. Will treat with Prednisolone ophthalmic 2 drops b.i.d. x 14 days. What is the ICD 9 for this? Is is a 692.x or 380.xx code? I am leaning to 692.1, not sure here.

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    Hi,
    You can code from 692.x ,Dermatitis is inflammation of the skin. no need to take 380.xx.
    Regards,
    Nalini CPC

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    Can you help me understand why? More serious....?? It was caused by baby oil. Does that change the code?

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    Hi,
    Ear Dermatitis , it means affected area is external ear, inflammation(Because of baby oil), not in the inner ear.so i think no need to take from 380.xx.

    Regards,
    Nalini CPC

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    Default Ear Dermatitis
    Ok, thanx. I agree. But what is the difference between eczema and dermatitis?

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    The code is 380.22.

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    Default Ear Dermatitis
    Woww! I have votes for 380.22 and 692.1. What to do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fredcpc View Post
    Woww! I have votes for 380.22 and 692.1. What to do?
    Per TWO encoders (one Ingenix and one 3M), for dermatitis of the ear due to substance in contact with skin of the external ear it is 380.22.

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    Default Ear Dermatitis
    Ok, final answer...380.22.

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