What causes gonococcal infection in neonates and children?

Updated: Sep 07, 2018
  • Author: Brian Wong, MD; Chief Editor: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD  more...
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Neonatal gonococcal infection may follow conjunctival infection, which is obtained during passage through the birth canal. In addition, direct infection may occur through the scalp at the sites of fetal monitoring electrodes.

In children, infection may occur from sexual abuse by an infected individual or possibly nonsexual contact in the child's household or in institutional settings.


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