What is characteristic of early disseminated gonococcal infection?

Updated: Sep 19, 2017
  • Author: John L Brusch, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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In early disseminated gonococcal infection, an early tenosynovitis predominates without actual joint invasion such as occurs in the later variety of disseminated gonococcal infection. A viral syndrome usually produces polyarticular arthritis. Pustular lesions are consistent (as is almost any type of skin lesion) with staphylococcal bacteremia. Whenever vesicles are present, always consider staphylococcal infection.


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