Specific code 2015 ICD-9-CM Diagnosis Code 388.61
Cerebrospinal fluid otorrhea
  • 2015
  • Billable Thru Sept 30/2015
  • Non-Billable On/After Oct 1/2015

  • ICD-9-CM 388.61 is a billable medical code that can be used to indicate a diagnosis on a reimbursement claim, however, 388.61 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: 388.61 converts approximately to:
  • 2015/16 ICD-10-CM G96.0 Cerebrospinal fluid leak
Clinical Information
  • Discharge of cerebrospinal fluid through the ear structures
  • Discharge of cerebrospinal fluid through the external auditory meatus or through the eustachian tube into the nasopharynx. This is usually associated with craniocerebral trauma (e.g., skull fracture involving the temporal bone;), neurosurgical procedures; or other conditions, but may rarely occur spontaneously. (from am j otol 1995 nov;16(6):765-71)
388.61 Excludes
  • cerebrospinal fluid rhinorrhea (349.81)
ICD-9-CM Volume 2 Index entries containing back-references to 388.61:
  • Discharge
  • Otorrhea 388.60
    • cerebrospinal (fluid) 388.61
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