ICD-10-CM Code G56.03

Carpal tunnel syndrome, bilateral upper limbs

Version 2021 Billable Code

Valid for Submission

G56.03 is a billable code used to specify a medical diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome, bilateral upper limbs. The code is valid for the fiscal year 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:G56.03
Short Description:Carpal tunnel syndrome, bilateral upper limbs
Long Description:Carpal tunnel syndrome, bilateral upper limbs

Replacement Code

G5603 replaces the following previously assigned ICD-10 code(s):

  • G56.01 - Carpal tunnel syndrome, right upper limb
  • G56.02 - Carpal tunnel syndrome, left upper limb

Convert G56.03 to ICD-9

  • 354.0 - Carpal tunnel syndrome (Approximate Flag)

Code Classification

  • Diseases of the nervous system (G00–G99)
    • Nerve, nerve root and plexus disorders (G50-G59)
      • Mononeuropathies of upper limb (G56)

Code History

  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020
  • FY 2021 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2020 through 9/30/2021

Information for Patients


Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Also called: Median nerve entrapment

You're working at your desk, trying to ignore the tingling or numbness you've had for some time in your hand and wrist. Suddenly, a sharp, piercing pain shoots through the wrist and up your arm. Just a passing cramp? It could be carpal tunnel syndrome.

The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway of ligament and bones at the base of your hand. It contains nerve and tendons. Sometimes, thickening from irritated tendons or other swelling narrows the tunnel and causes the nerve to be compressed. Symptoms usually start gradually. As they worsen, grasping objects can become difficult.

Often, the cause is having a smaller carpal tunnel than other people do. Other causes include performing assembly line work, wrist injury, or swelling due to certain diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis. Women are three times more likely to have carpal tunnel syndrome than men.

Early diagnosis and treatment are important to prevent permanent nerve damage. Your doctor diagnoses carpal tunnel syndrome with a physical exam and special nerve tests. Treatment includes resting your hand, splints, pain and anti-inflammatory medicines, and sometimes surgery.

NIH: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

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