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Ear Infection: Treating and Preventing Ear Infections in Children

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Ear Infection: Treating and Preventing Ear Infections in Children

What causes a middle ear infection? Middle ear infection is caused by either a virus or bacteria (about two-thirds of infections). A middle ear infection most commonly follows a cold, flu or sinusitis, causing a blocked Eustachian tube. Fluid collects in the middle ear that may become infected with bacteria, creating a build-up of pus…

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ICD-10 Update: Turn to J Codes With Minor Descriptor Changes For Pyothorax

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ICD-10 Update: Turn to J Codes With Minor Descriptor Changes For Pyothorax

Your work as a pulmonology coder might expose you to see a number of different infections of the lungs and the pleural cavity, leading to a diagnosis of pyothorax (empyema). ICD9 Codes, ICD-10 Tip: Watch for fistula as in the ICD-9 codes. Your work as a pulmonology coder might expose you to see a number…

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Solving Ear Infections with Ear Grommets

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Solving Ear Infections with Ear Grommets

Most people have felt the pain and pressure associated with ear infections at some time in their lives; today, thanks to ear grommets, ear nose throat specialists (ENTs) are better equipped than ever to help deal with some of the most debilitating ear infections.  What are ear grommets?  How do they work?  How long must…

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