A54 - Gonococcal infection

Version 2023
Short Description:Gonococcal infection
Long Description:Gonococcal infection
Status: Not Valid for Submission
Version:ICD-10-CM 2023
Code Classification:
  • Certain infectious and parasitic diseases (A00–B99)
    • Infections with a predominantly sexual mode of transmission (A50-A64)
      • Gonococcal infection (A54)

A54 is a non-specific and non-billable ICD-10 code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of gonococcal infection. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2023 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. Category or Header define the heading of a category of codes that may be further subdivided by the use of 4th, 5th, 6th or 7th characters.

Clinical Information

Specific Coding for Gonococcal infection

Non-specific codes like A54 require more digits to indicate the appropriate level of specificity. Consider using any of the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity when coding for gonococcal infection:

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

Patient Education


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. If your or your partner is allergic to latex, you can use polyurethane condoms. 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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