N47: Redundant prepuce, phimosis and paraphimosis

Your foreskin is changed.

The foreskin is located at the tip of the penis and covers the glans (the head of the penis).

Your foreskin is tight or slightly longer than normal. It is also possible that you have a short penile frenulum.

A tight foreskin can have various causes. Your foreskin may be stuck, or may have become tighter due to scar tissue. A tight foreskin is hard or impossible to retract. This makes it difficult to clean the glans. If the glans is difficult to clean, it may become inflamed. A tight foreskin can sometimes make it difficult to urinate as well. Sometimes, it is impossible to push a tight foreskin back once it has been retracted. When this happens the glans can become very swollen and start to hurt.

Having a foreskin that is longer than normal does not usually cause any problems.

If you have a short penile frenulum it may hurt during sex. The penile frenulum may also tear and start to bleed.

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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