I70.26: Atherosclerosis of arteries of extremities: shoulder-arm type, all stages

Deposits have formed in the arteries in your arms.

The arteries carry the blood from the heart to the body. In your case, fats and calcium have been deposited in the wall of the arteries in your arm. This can make the wall of the arteries in your arm harder and thicker.

The deposits can also cause the arteries in your arm to get narrower. Then, sometimes, not enough blood can get to the arms. Various symptoms may arise as a result. The arm muscles may get sore as a result of doing something strenuous. The skin may tingle or be numb. Moreover, wounds to the arm may not heal well if the skin is not getting enough blood.

Various risk factors can favor deposits in blood vessels. These include, for example, smoking, obesity, and high blood pressure.

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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