Symptoms: earache

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  • 32d3decd


Code list aiming to identify individuals consulting complaining of earache.


Identified from intial search terms outside of OpenCodelists: "earache" "ear ache" "aching ear" "otalgia" "otitis" ear pain" "painful ear" "pain in ear" ear auricle pain" "painful ear auricle "

Clearly irrelevant codes excluded (with review by a second clinician)

Candidate codelist reviewed outside OpenCodelists by two clinicians. As we reviewed our candidate codelist outside openCodelists, we did not benefit from the tree structures that might have identified additional codes. However, we assume that these are likely to be codes that are not used frequently, e.g., eponymous syndromes.

Retained otitis media codes that do not specify a causative organism (except those specifying COVID-19) as these codes may be used to describe ear pain without confirmation of cause. However, excluded suppurative and malignant otitis media, as both suggest bacterial cause.

Signed off by

  • Kate Mansfield, (Dec. 14, 2022)

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code term
1010233001 Otalgia of left ear
1010234007 Otalgia of right ear
1084561000119106 Referred otalgia of bilateral ears
1089561000119107 Referred otalgia of left ear
1092171000119100 Referred otalgia of right ear
12336008 Referred otalgia
1240521000000100 Otitis media due to disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2
139625000 Earache symptoms
139627008 Unilateral earache
139628003 Bilateral earache
139630001 Earache symptom NOS
141416002 O/E - painful ear
141418001 O/E - ear auricle painful
141420003 O/E - painful ear NOS
155222006 Otitis media NOS
155251005 Otalgia
16001004 Otalgia
162356005 Earache symptom
162358006 Unilateral earache
162359003 Bilateral earache
162361007 Earache symptom NOS
164219003 On examination - painful ear
164221008 On examination - ear auricle painful
164223006 On examination - painful ear NOS
194287004 Recurrent acute otitis media
194288009 Acute left otitis media
194289001 Acute right otitis media
194290005 Acute bilateral otitis media
194291009 Ear infection &/or otitis media NOS
194406008 (Otalgia) or (ear pain)
194407004 Unspecified otalgia
194408009 Otalgia NOS
194680006 [X]Otitis media in other diseases classified elsewhere
21186006 Chronic otitis media
267669008 Otitis media NOS
267753007 Nonsuppurative otitis media (& [ left] or [right])
302219006 Ear pain
3110003 Acute otitis media
330981002 Otitis media [no drugs here]
420141000000100 [X]Otitis media in other diseases classified elsewhere
43275000 Otitis
534221000000101 On examination - painful ear NOS
568561000000109 Earache symptom NOS
643801000000104 Unspecified otalgia
647141000000100 Otitis media NOS
65363002 Otitis media
694141000000104 Otalgia NOS
74123003 Otogenic otalgia
792886009 Pain in pinna
84261000119106 Acute persistent otitis media

Codes not in the full codelist are in faint grey.