What should be included in the physical exam for gonorrhea?

Updated: Jun 15, 2021
  • Author: Shahab Qureshi, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD  more...
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N gonorrhoeae infection may be recognized by the typical signs and symptoms of the disease, but it is important to remember that, by the time disseminated or upper reproductive tract disease is present, the primary site of mucosal infection may be normal in appearance, and the patient may have no localized signs or symptoms.

With oropharyngeal infection, pharyngitis (usually mild) may be occur. With rectal infection, mucopurulent or purulent discharge may be present.

The physical examination should also always include scrutiny for signs of herpes simplex, syphilis, chancroid, lymphogranuloma venereum, and genital warts.

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