ICD-10 Diagnosis Code N48.21

Abscess of corpus cavernosum and penis

Diagnosis Code N48.21

ICD-10: N48.21
Short Description: Abscess of corpus cavernosum and penis
Long Description: Abscess of corpus cavernosum and penis
This is the 2017 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code N48.21

Code Classification
  • Diseases of the genitourinary system
    • Diseases of male genital organs (N40-N53)
      • Other disorders of penis (N48)

Information for Medical Professionals

Code Edits
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Diagnoses for males only Additional informationCallout TooltipDiagnoses for males only
Diagnoses for males only.

Diagnostic Related Groups
The diagnosis code N48.21 is grouped in the following Diagnostic Related Group(s) (MS-DRG v33.0)


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  • Abscess of corpus cavernosum
  • Abscess of penis
  • Boil of penis
  • Carbuncle of corpus cavernosum
  • Carbuncle of penis
  • Carbuncle of perineum
  • Cavernitis of penis
  • Furuncle of perineum
  • Infective dermatosis of male genitalia
  • Penile cellulitis/abscess/boil

Information for Patients


An abscess is a pocket of pus. You can get an abscess almost anywhere in your body. When an area of your body becomes infected, your body's immune system tries to fight the infection. White blood cells go to the infected area, collect within the damaged tissue, and cause inflammation. During this process, pus forms. Pus is a mixture of living and dead white blood cells, germs, and dead tissue.

Bacteria, viruses, parasites and swallowed objects can all lead to abscesses. Skin abscesses are easy to detect. They are red, raised and painful. Abscesses inside your body may not be obvious and can damage organs, including the brain, lungs and others. Treatments include drainage and antibiotics.

  • Abscess
  • Abscess scan - radioactive
  • Amebic liver abscess
  • Anorectal abscess
  • Bartholin cyst or abscess
  • Brain abscess
  • Epidural abscess
  • Intra-abdominal abscess
  • Pancreatic abscess
  • Perirenal abscess
  • Peritonsillar abscess
  • Pilonidal cyst resection
  • Pyogenic liver abscess
  • Retropharyngeal abscess
  • Skin abscess
  • Subareolar abscess
  • Tooth abscess

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Penis Disorders

Also called: Penile disorders

Problems with the penis can cause pain and affect a man's sexual function and fertility. Penis disorders include

  • Erectile dysfunction - inability to get or keep an erection
  • Priapism - a painful erection that does not go away
  • Peyronie's disease - bending of the penis during an erection due to a hard lump called a plaque
  • Balanitis - inflammation of the skin covering the head of the penis, most often in men and boys who have not been circumcised
  • Penile cancer - a rare form of cancer, highly curable when caught early

  • Balanitis
  • Cancer - penis
  • Curvature of the penis
  • Epididymitis
  • Epispadias
  • Erythroplasia of Queyrat
  • Hypospadias
  • Hypospadias repair
  • Hypospadias repair - discharge
  • Paraphimosis
  • Penis pain

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