Specific code 2015 ICD-9-CM Diagnosis Code 385.32
Cholesteatoma of middle ear
  • 2015
  • Billable Thru Sept 30/2015
  • Non-Billable On/After Oct 1/2015

  • ICD-9-CM 385.32 is a billable medical code that can be used to indicate a diagnosis on a reimbursement claim, however, 385.32 should only be used for claims with a date of service on or before September 30, 2015. For claims with a date of service on or after October 1, 2015, use an equivalent ICD-10-CM code (or codes).
Convert to ICD-10-CM: 385.32 converts approximately to:
  • 2015/16 ICD-10-CM H71.13 Cholesteatoma of tympanum, bilateral
  • 2015/16 ICD-10-CM H74.40 Polyp of middle ear, unspecified ear
Approximate Synonyms
  • Bilat eardrum cholesteatoma
  • Bilat middle ear cholesteatoma
  • Bilateral cholesteatomas of middle ears
  • Bilateral tympanic membrane cholesteatomas
  • Both sides eardrum cholesteatoma
  • Both sides middle ear cholesteatoma
  • Cholesteatoma middle ear
  • Cholesteatoma of left middle ear
  • Cholesteatoma of right middle ear
  • Cholesteatoma tympanum
  • Eardrum cholesteatoma
  • Left cholesteatoma tympanum
  • Left eardrum cholesteatoma
  • Left middle ear cholesteatoma
  • Middle ear cholesteatoma
  • Right cholesteatoma tympanum
  • Right eardrum cholesteatoma
  • Right middle ear cholesteatoma
Clinical Information
  • A mass of keratin-producing squamous epithelium that resembles an inverted (suck-in) bag of skin in the middle ear. It arises from the eardrum (tympanic membrane) and grows into the middle ear causing erosion of ear ossicles and mastoid that contains the inner ear
ICD-9-CM Volume 2 Index entries containing back-references to 385.32:
  • Cholesteatoma (ear) 385.30
    • marginal (middle ear) 385.32
      • with involvement of mastoid cavity 385.33
      • secondary (with middle ear involvement) 385.33
    • middle ear (secondary) 385.32
      • with involvement of mastoid cavity 385.33
    • secondary (middle ear) 385.32
      • with involvement of mastoid cavity 385.33
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