Category: Sexually transmitted disease

Gonococcal Infections – Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment and Ongoing care

Gonorrhea is a sexually or vertically transmitted bacterial infection that has a predilection for epithelial cells.
Caused by the gram-negative intracellular diplococci, Neisseria gonorrhoeae; virtually any mucosal membrane can be infected.
Infection commonly manifests itself as urethritis, salpingitis, cervicitis, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), epididymitis, or proctitis.
Hematogenous dissemination may also occur and lead to fever, skin lesions, arthralgias, purulent arthritis, tenosynovitis, endocarditis or, rarely, meningitis.