N48.0: Leukoplakia of penis

You have white patches on your glans.

The glans is the head of the penis. The white patches may occur, for example, if the glans is inflamed over a long period. The cells in the white patches may alter more over time and start to grow uncontrollably. This may lead to cancer.

People with this condition often find their glans itches severely. Their foreskin may also become tight. The foreskin is the piece of skin covering the glans and it can normally be pulled back (retracted) over the glans. The glans may hurt when the penis is erect. It is also possible that you will have problems when urinating.

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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