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    Is it appropriate to code 380.10 and 382.9 for otitis media of the same ear?

    thanks for any help.

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    If your diagnosis is otitis media (OM - middle ear infection), code 382.9.

    380.10 is for otitis externa (OE - swimmer's ear) involving the ear canal.

    OM and OE may be present at the same time if there is a hole (or ear tube) in the eardrum; fluid can drain from a middle ear infection into the ear canal, causing swimmer's ear. So, it could be possible to see both OM and OE documented of the same ear.

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