G54.0: Brachial plexus disorders

The network of nerves between your neck and your armpit is damaged.

The spine contains the spinal cord. The spinal cord is made up of nerve fibers. To the side of the spine, the nerve fibers emerge from the spinal cord and form nerves. Nerves are a sort of wiring in the body. Nerves conduct information. The nerves use electrical impulses to do this. Nerves are important, for instance, in enabling us to feel touch and temperature and to move our muscles.

In the neck area, nerves emerge from the side of the spine to serve the shoulder and arm. Together, the nerves between the neck and the armpit form a network. When the neuroplexus is damaged, one may have various symptoms. You may no longer be able to move certain muscles in your shoulder or arm properly, for example. The skin in your shoulder or arm may also feel tingly or numb. You may also feel soreness in those areas.

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

Note

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.

Source

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