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Gonorrhea

  • Daniel S. F. Cheng

Abstract

Gonorrhea is an acute infectious disease of the genitourinary mucous membrane and is almost exclusively transmitted by sexual intercourse. The causative organism is Neisseria gonorrhoeae, the gonococcus. The urethra, endocervix, anal canal, conjunctivas, and pharynx can be infected directly. The organism may also cause local or metastatic complications. Local complications in men include infection of the neighboring structures of the urethra such as Tyson’s glands, Littré’s glands, paraurethral ducts, prostate, vas deferens, seminal vesicles, epididymis, and testis. In women Skene’s glands, Bartholin’s glands, endometrium, and fallopian tubes can be involved. Metastatic complications of gonorrhea include dermatitis, arthritis, endocarditis, myopericarditis, meningitis, and hepatitis.

Keywords

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease Gonococcal Infection Gonococcal Urethritis Ophthalmia Neonatorum Urethral Gonorrhea 
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