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ICD-10 code: A54.8

Chapter: Certain infectious and parasitic diseases

Other Gonococcal Infections: An Overview

Gonococcal infections are sexually transmitted diseases caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae. While most people are familiar with the common symptoms of gonorrhea, such as painful urination and discharge, there are other types of gonococcal infections that are less well-known but can still cause serious health problems.

  1. Disseminated Gonococcal Infection (DGI)
  2. DGI occurs when the bacteria spreads from the site of infection (usually the genitals or rectum) to other parts of the body, such as the joints, skin, and blood. Symptoms of DGI can include fever, rash, joint pain, and swelling. If left untreated, DGI can cause serious complications, such as septicemia and endocarditis.

  3. Pharyngeal Gonococcal Infection
  4. Pharyngeal gonococcal infection is an STD that affects the throat. It is usually contracted through oral sex with someone who has a genital gonorrhea infection. Symptoms of pharyngeal gonococcal infection can include sore throat, difficulty swallowing, and swollen lymph nodes.

  5. Rectal Gonococcal Infection
  6. Rectal gonococcal infection is an STD that affects the rectum and anus. It is usually contracted through anal sex with someone who has a genital gonorrhea infection. Symptoms of rectal gonococcal infection can include discharge, itching, and pain during bowel movements.

  7. Conjunctivitis
  8. Conjunctivitis is an infection of the eye that can be caused by N. gonorrhoeae. It is usually contracted through contact with genital secretions during oral or genital sex. Symptoms of gonococcal conjunctivitis can include eye pain, redness, and discharge.

If you suspect that you may have a gonococcal infection, it is important to see a healthcare provider as soon as possible. Gonorrhea and other STDs can be treated with antibiotics, but if left untreated, they can cause serious health problems and increase the risk of HIV transmission. To reduce your risk of gonococcal infections and other STDs, practice safe sex by using condoms and getting tested regularly.