Structures of the cardiovascular, immunological and respiratory systems
Structures related to the digestive, metabolism and endocrine systems
Structures related to genitourinary and reproductive systems
Structures related to movement
Structure of the skin and related structures
above are ICF chapter headings. For 3, 4 and 5-digit codes under these chapter headings, please refer to the Body Structures component of the ICF.
Collection and usage attributes
Guide for use:
Body structures are anatomical parts of the body such as organs, limbs and their components.
The 'Body structures' classification is a neutral list of structures that can be used to record relative positive or neutral body structure as well as impairment of body structure.
'Impairments' of body structure are problems in body structure such as a loss or significant departure from population standards or averages.
This metadata item, in conjunction with Impairment extent code X, enables the provision of information about the presence and extent of impairment for any given body structures; with Impairment nature code N, the provision of information about the nature of the impairment for given body functions; and Impairment location code N, the location of the impairment for given body functions.
'Body functions' and 'Body structures' together represent one of the three components that define the concept 'Disability'. 'Activities and participation' and 'Environmental factors' are the other two components.
The first recorded body structure or impairment of body function is the one having the greatest impact on the individual.
Second and subsequent body structure or impairment of body function are also of relevance to the individual.
The prefix s denotes the domains within the component of Body Structures.
Codes at the ICF chapter level (i.e. single digit headings such as '3' for the 'Structures involved in voice and speech') may be recorded. If further detail is required, the Body Structures component of the ICF provides 3, 4 and 5-digit codes. For example, in the Body Structures classification there are these codes: