H61.0: Perichondritis of external ear

Your auricle is inflamed.

The ear consists of 3 sections: the outer ear, the middle ear, and the inner ear. The auricle and the auditory canal are part of the outer ear. The auricle and auditory canal route sound from outside towards the middle ear. Inside the auricle is cartilage. The cartilage gives the auricle its shape.

In your case, the cartilage or the tissue around the cartilage is inflamed. This type of inflammation is often caused by a pathogen. The ear may be swollen and sore as a result. Small swellings may also have formed at the edge of the auricle concerned.

Additional indicator

On medical documents, the ICD code is often appended by letters that indicate the diagnostic certainty or the affected side of the body.

  • G: Confirmed diagnosis
  • V: Tentative diagnosis
  • Z: Condition after
  • A: Excluded diagnosis
  • L: Left
  • R: Right
  • B: Both sides

Further information


This information is not intended for self-diagnosis and does not replace professional medical advice from a doctor. If you find an ICD code on a personal medical document, please also note the additional indicator used for diagnostic confidence.
Your doctor will assist you with any health-related questions and explain the ICD diagnosis code to you in a direct consultation if necessary.


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