Which physical findings are characteristic of gonorrhea in neonates?

Updated: Jun 15, 2021
  • Author: Shahab Qureshi, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD  more...
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In neonates, look for purulent discharge from the eyes or other infected sites. The discharge from the eyes is usually bilateral in ophthalmia neonatorum, while in older patients, the condition most often is unilateral when secondary to self-inoculation.

Also examine neonates for temperature instability (fever, hypothermia), which can result from disseminated sepsis.


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