G54.6: Phantom limb syndrome with pain

You are feeling pain in a part of your body that you no longer have.

When someone feels pain there is usually, first of all, pain information in the relevant part of the body. This information is transmitted via nerve fibers to the spinal cord. From there, the information passes via other nerve fibers to the brain. The information is processed in the brain. In this way, the pain in that part of the body is perceived. In the brain, for every part of the body, there is a separate region where the information from that body part is processed.

Body parts can be lost through accidents or by being removed during an operation. Even when a body part is no longer there, the corresponding region in the brain is still there. It can happen that this region in the brain continues to process pain information. Then it can feel as though there is pain in the missing body part.

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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