In which patient group is gonorrhea a common cause of arthritis?

Updated: Sep 07, 2018
  • Author: Brian Wong, MD; Chief Editor: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD  more...
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Gonorrhea is the most common cause of arthritis in the adolescent. However, arthritis (septic or reactive) is a rare complication of this disease.

Because it mimics septic arthritis, excluding the possibility of gonococcal infection in any adolescent with acute onset of pyogenic arthritis is important. Adequate diagnosis may require culturing extraarticular sites for N gonorrhoeae.


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