ICD-10 Diagnosis Code A54.42

Gonococcal arthritis

Diagnosis Code A54.42

ICD-10: A54.42
Short Description: Gonococcal arthritis
Long Description: Gonococcal arthritis
This is the 2017 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code A54.42

Code Classification
  • Certain infectious and parasitic diseases
    • Infections with a predominantly sexual mode of transmission (A50-A64)
      • Gonococcal infection (A54)

Information for Medical Professionals

Diagnostic Related Groups
The diagnosis code A54.42 is grouped in the following Diagnostic Related Group(s) (MS-DRG v33.0)


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  • Cutaneous gonorrhea
  • Gonococcal arthritis dermatitis syndrome
  • Gonococcal infection of joint
  • Gonococcemia

Index of Diseases and Injuries
References found for the code A54.42 in the Index of Diseases and Injuries:

Information for Patients


Also called: The clap

Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease. It is most common in young adults. The bacteria that cause gonorrhea can infect the genital tract, mouth, or anus. You can get gonorrhea during vaginal, oral, or anal sex with an infected partner. A pregnant woman can pass it to her baby during childbirth.

Gonorrhea does not always cause symptoms. In men, gonorrhea can cause pain when urinating and discharge from the penis. If untreated, it can cause problems with the prostate and testicles.

In women, the early symptoms of gonorrhea often are mild. Later, it can cause bleeding between periods, pain when urinating, and increased discharge from the vagina. If untreated, it can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, which causes problems with pregnancy and infertility.

Your health care provider will diagnose gonorrhea with lab tests. Treatment is with antibiotics. Treating gonorrhea is becoming more difficult because drug-resistant strains are increasing. Correct usage of latex condoms greatly reduces, but does not eliminate, the risk of catching or spreading gonorrhea.

NIH: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

  • Condom Fact Sheet in Brief (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • Endocervical gram stain
  • Gonococcal arthritis
  • Gonorrhea (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • Gonorrhea
  • Rectal culture
  • Urethral discharge culture

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Infectious Arthritis

Also called: Septic arthritis

Most kinds of arthritis cause pain and swelling in your joints. Joints are places where two bones meet, such as your elbow or knee. Infectious arthritis is an infection in the joint. The infection comes from a bacterial, viral, or fungal infection that spreads from another part of the body. Symptoms of infectious arthritis include

  • Intense pain in the joint
  • Joint redness and swelling
  • Chills and fever
  • Inability to move the area with the infected joint

One type of infectious arthritis is reactive arthritis. The reaction is to an infection somewhere else in your body. The joint is usually the knee, ankle, or toe. Sometimes, reactive arthritis is set off by an infection in the bladder, or in the urethra, which carries urine out of the body. In women, an infection in the vagina can cause the reaction. For both men and women, it can start with bacteria passed on during sex. Another form of reactive arthritis starts with eating food or handling something that has bacteria on it.

To diagnose infectious arthritis, your health care provider may do tests of your blood, urine, and joint fluid. Treatment includes medicines and sometimes surgery.

  • Fungal arthritis
  • HLA-B27 antigen
  • Reactive arthritis
  • Septic arthritis
  • Viral arthritis

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