What is the sensitivity of a single culture for the diagnosis of gonorrhea?

Updated: Sep 07, 2018
  • Author: Brian Wong, MD; Chief Editor: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD  more...
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A single culture on most selective media yields a sensitivity of 95% or more for urethral specimens from men with symptomatic urethritis. A sensitivity rate of about 80-90% is found for endocervical infections in women. For maximized yield in cervical specimens, simultaneous inoculation on selective and nonselective media is recommended. Culture may take several days to weeks.


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