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Gonococcemia - disseminated

  • Alternative Names

    Gonococcal bacteremia

    • Chills
    • Fever
    • General ill feeling (malaise)
    • Joint pain
    • Joint swelling
    • Painful tendons of wrists or heels
    • Skin rash -- flat, pink-to-red spots turn into raised, pus-filled bumps

    The combination of skin rash and aching, swollen tendons is sometimes known as tenosynovitis-dermatitis syndrome.

    Signs and tests

    Gonorrhea is often associated with the presence of other sexually transmitted diseases. About half of women with gonorrhea are also infected with chlamydia, another very common STD that can result in sterility. If you have gonorrhea, you should request testing for other sexually transmitted diseases, including AIDS.

    Cultures (cells that grow in a lab dish) provide absolute proof of a gonorrhea infection. Generally, samples for a culture are taken from the cervix, vagina, urethra, anus, or throat. Cultures can provide a preliminary diagnosis often within 24 hours and a confirmed diagnosis within 72 hours.

    See also:

    • Blood culture
    • Culture from endocervix
    • Urethral discharge culture