ICD-10-CM Code A52.11

Tabes dorsalis

Version 2020 Billable Code

Valid for Submission

A52.11 is a billable code used to specify a medical diagnosis of tabes dorsalis. The code is valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. The ICD-10-CM code A52.11 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like progressive locomotor ataxia or progressive spinal ataxia or spinal ataxia or tabetic neurosyphilis.

Short Description:Tabes dorsalis
Long Description:Tabes dorsalis

Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries

The Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries is a list of ICD-10 codes, organized "head to toe" into chapters and sections with guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more. The following references are applicable to the code A52.11:

Inclusion Terms

Inclusion Terms
These terms are the conditions for which that code is to be used. The terms may be synonyms of the code title, or, in the case of "other specified" codes, the terms are a list of the various conditions assigned to that code. The inclusion terms are not necessarily exhaustive. Additional terms found only in the Alphabetic Index may also be assigned to a code.
  • Locomotor ataxia (progressive)
  • Tabetic neurosyphilis

Index to Diseases and Injuries

The Index to Diseases and Injuries is an alphabetical listing of medical terms, with each term mapped to one or more ICD-10 code(s). The following references for the code A52.11 are found in the index:


The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:

  • Progressive locomotor ataxia
  • Progressive spinal ataxia
  • Spinal ataxia
  • Tabetic neurosyphilis

Clinical Information

  • TABES DORSALIS-. parenchymatous neurosyphilis marked by slowly progressive degeneration of the posterior columns posterior roots and ganglia of the spinal cord. the condition tends to present 15 to 20 years after the initial infection and is characterized by lightening like pains in the lower extremities urinary incontinence; ataxia; severely impaired position and vibratory sense abnormal gait see gait disorders neurologic optic atrophy; argyll robertson pupils hypotonia hyperreflexia and trophic joint degeneration charcot's joint; see arthropathy neurogenic. from adams et al. principles of neurology 6th ed p726

Convert A52.11 to ICD-9

  • 094.0 - Tabes dorsalis (Approximate Flag)

Code Classification

  • Certain infectious and parasitic diseases (A00–B99)
    • Infections with a predominantly sexual mode of transmission (A50-A64)
      • Late syphilis (A52)

Code History

  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016
    (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • 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

Information for Patients


Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease caused by bacteria. It infects the genital area, lips, mouth, or anus of both men and women. You usually get syphilis from sexual contact with someone who has it. It can also pass from mother to baby during pregnancy.

The early stage of syphilis usually causes a single, small, painless sore. Sometimes it causes swelling in nearby lymph nodes. If you do not treat it, syphilis usually causes a non-itchy skin rash, often on your hands and feet. Many people do not notice symptoms for years. Symptoms can go away and come back.

The sores caused by syphilis make it easier to get or give someone HIV during sex. If you are pregnant, syphilis can cause complications, or you could lose your baby. In rare cases, syphilis causes serious health problems and even death.

Syphilis is easy to cure with antibiotics if you catch it early. Correct usage of latex condoms greatly reduces, but does not completely eliminate, the risk of catching or spreading syphilis. The most reliable way to avoid infection is to not have anal, vaginal, or oral sex.

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