When are blood cultures indicated in the workup of gonorrhea?

Updated: Sep 07, 2018
  • Author: Brian Wong, MD; Chief Editor: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD  more...
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When disseminated gonococcal infection is suspected, a minimum of three sets of blood cultures should be obtained, given that bacteremia is intermittent.

If a patient is suspected of having gonococcal arthritis-dermatitis, gonococci may be recovered in blood culture.


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