ICD-10 Diagnosis Code H60.12

Cellulitis of left external ear

Diagnosis Code H60.12

ICD-10: H60.12
Short Description: Cellulitis of left external ear
Long Description: Cellulitis of left external ear
This is the 2019 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code H60.12

Valid for Submission
The code H60.12 is valid for submission for HIPAA-covered transactions.

Code Classification
  • Diseases of the ear and mastoid process (H60–H95)
    • Diseases of external ear (H60-H62)
      • Otitis externa (H60)

Information for Medical Professionals

Diagnostic Related Groups
The diagnosis code H60.12 is grouped in the following Diagnostic Related Group(s) (MS-DRG V35.0)


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Information for Patients


Cellulitis is an infection of the skin and deep underlying tissues. Group A strep (streptococcal) bacteria are the most common cause. The bacteria enter your body when you get an injury such as a bruise, burn, surgical cut, or wound.

Symptoms include

  • Fever and chills
  • Swollen glands or lymph nodes
  • A rash with painful, red, tender skin. The skin may blister and scab over.

Your health care provider may take a sample or culture from your skin or do a blood test to identify the bacteria causing infection. Treatment is with antibiotics. They may be oral in mild cases, or intravenous (by IV) for more severe cases.

NIH: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

  • Cellulitis (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Orbital cellulitis (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Perianal streptococcal cellulitis (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Periorbital cellulitis (Medical Encyclopedia)


Ear Infections

Also called: Otitis media

Ear infections are the most common reason parents bring their child to a doctor. Three out of four children will have at least one ear infection by their third birthday. Adults can also get ear infections, but they are less common.

The infection usually affects the middle ear and is called otitis media. The tubes inside the ears become clogged with fluid and mucus. This can affect hearing, because sound cannot get through all that fluid.

If your child isn't old enough to say "My ear hurts," here are a few things to look for

  • Tugging at ears
  • Crying more than usual
  • Fluid draining from the ear
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Balance difficulties
  • Hearing problems

Your health care provider will diagnose an ear infection by looking inside the ear with an instrument called an otoscope.

Often, ear infections go away on their own. Your health care provider may recommend pain relievers. Severe infections and infections in young babies may require antibiotics.

Children who get infections often may need surgery to place small tubes inside their ears. The tubes relieve pressure in the ears so that the child can hear again.

NIH: National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

  • Cholesteatoma (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Ear discharge (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Ear examination (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Ear infection - acute (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Ear infection - chronic (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Ear tube insertion (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Earache (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Otitis media with effusion (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Swimmer's ear (Medical Encyclopedia)

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