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ICD-9 for debris in ear

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    Default ICD-9 for debris in ear
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    What ICD-9 code would you use for debris in ear? I was looking at 388.9.

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    That sounds like foreing body in ear (931)

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    It's my understanding that it's coming from in the ear and not from the outside. I always thought of a foreign body as something that's not supposed to be there that's introduced from outside of the body. Any thoughts?

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    is it just ear wax?
    Jenifer McPolin CPC, CPMA, RCC

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    It says he removed debris under the microscope. The diagnosis listed is 380.10 for otitis externa, but I'm not showing that 380.10 is an acceptable diagnosis for the microscope 92504.

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    That is inflammation of the outer ear do they have an ear infection? Is he removing pus and other things caused by the infection?
    Jenifer McPolin CPC, CPMA, RCC

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lainie0559 View Post
    It's my understanding that it's coming from in the ear and not from the outside. I always thought of a foreign body as something that's not supposed to be there that's introduced from outside of the body. Any thoughts?
    That is true that foriegn body enters into, but in your first statement you just said debris in ear. Debris can originate outside the body as well as inside.

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    Yes it's debris from the infection.

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