ICD-10-CM Code A54

Gonococcal infection

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

A54 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of gonococcal infection. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

Short Description:Gonococcal infection
Long Description:Gonococcal infection

Consider the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity:

  • A54.0 - Gonococcal infection of lower genitourinary tract without periurethral or accessory gland abscess
  • A54.00 - Gonococcal infection of lower genitourinary tract, unspecified
  • A54.01 - Gonococcal cystitis and urethritis, unspecified
  • A54.02 - Gonococcal vulvovaginitis, unspecified
  • A54.03 - Gonococcal cervicitis, unspecified
  • A54.09 - Other gonococcal infection of lower genitourinary tract
  • A54.1 - Gonococcal infection of lower genitourinary tract with periurethral and accessory gland abscess
  • A54.2 - Gonococcal pelviperitonitis and other gonococcal genitourinary infection
  • A54.21 - Gonococcal infection of kidney and ureter
  • A54.22 - Gonococcal prostatitis
  • A54.23 - Gonococcal infection of other male genital organs
  • A54.24 - Gonococcal female pelvic inflammatory disease
  • A54.29 - Other gonococcal genitourinary infections
  • A54.3 - Gonococcal infection of eye
  • A54.30 - Gonococcal infection of eye, unspecified
  • A54.31 - Gonococcal conjunctivitis
  • A54.32 - Gonococcal iridocyclitis
  • A54.33 - Gonococcal keratitis
  • A54.39 - Other gonococcal eye infection
  • A54.4 - Gonococcal infection of musculoskeletal system
  • A54.40 - Gonococcal infection of musculoskeletal system, unspecified
  • A54.41 - Gonococcal spondylopathy
  • A54.42 - Gonococcal arthritis
  • A54.43 - Gonococcal osteomyelitis
  • A54.49 - Gonococcal infection of other musculoskeletal tissue
  • A54.5 - Gonococcal pharyngitis
  • A54.6 - Gonococcal infection of anus and rectum
  • A54.8 - Other gonococcal infections
  • A54.81 - Gonococcal meningitis
  • A54.82 - Gonococcal brain abscess
  • A54.83 - Gonococcal heart infection
  • A54.84 - Gonococcal pneumonia
  • A54.85 - Gonococcal peritonitis
  • A54.86 - Gonococcal sepsis
  • A54.89 - Other gonococcal infections
  • A54.9 - ... unspecified

Code Classification

  • Certain infectious and parasitic diseases (A00–B99)
    • Infections with a predominantly sexual mode of transmission (A50-A64)
      • Gonococcal infection (A54)

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


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. The most reliable way to avoid infection is to not have anal, vaginal, or oral sex.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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