Which histologic findings are characteristic of gonorrhea?

Updated: Sep 07, 2018
  • Author: Brian Wong, MD; Chief Editor: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD  more...
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Exudate of PMNs is typical. Gram-negative intracellular diplococci are seen microscopically (see the image below). In pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), loss of ciliated columnar epithelium from the fallopian tubes may occur. Tubes, pelvic mesentery, and ovaries may be bound together with dense fibrosis and abscess formation.

Cytologic smear of cutaneous acral pustule showing Cytologic smear of cutaneous acral pustule showing gram-negative, intracellular diplococci.

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